Last month, the Lutheran Church of Latvia–the main church body in that Baltic republic–reversed course and rescinded its policy allowing the ordaining of women. But the church has not ordained women since 1993, with its confessional revival at the fall of Communism. Now the church has formalized its doctrine that only men may be ordained as pastors.
The Lutheran World Federation, whose member churches ordain women, says that this decision may affect the Latvian church’s membership. But the Latvian bishop says that this could lead to affiliation with the conservative International Lutheran Council and its member churches such as the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. [Read more…]