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Beyond Gender: Reflections on a Contemporary Case of Double Monastery in Orthodox Monasticism—St. John the Baptist Monastery of Essex in England

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Department of Humanities, Roma Tre University, 234 Via Ostiense, 00146 Rome, Italy
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Faculty of Eastern Canon Law, Pontifical Oriental Institute, 7 Piazza di S. Maria Maggiore, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Religions 2019, 10(8), 453; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10080453
Received: 18 June 2019 / Revised: 19 July 2019 / Accepted: 21 July 2019 / Published: 26 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Exploring the Future of Christian Monasticisms)
This paper focuses on the contemporary controversy in the Orthodox Church regarding the non-existence of the monasteries, where monks and nuns cohabit (so-called “double-monasteries”), which were prohibited by the Byzantine legislation and the Seventh Ecumenical Council (Nicea 787). The article attempts to demonstrate that, in spite of the centuries-old prohibition, the Orthodox Monastery of St. John the Baptist is an exceptional contemporary case of such cohabitation: monks and nuns live under the roof of the same monastery, sharing common places and certain activities. Furthermore, the paper envisions a possible accommodation in the monastic vision and practice regarding gender cohabitation in Orthodox monasticism. The research employs the historical-critical method, which is based on literary, archeological, and documentary sources, as well as interviews. View Full-Text
Keywords: double monasteries; gender cohabitation; Orthodox monasticism; monastic rules double monasteries; gender cohabitation; Orthodox monasticism; monastic rules
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Giorda, M.C.; Cozma, I. Beyond Gender: Reflections on a Contemporary Case of Double Monastery in Orthodox Monasticism—St. John the Baptist Monastery of Essex in England. Religions 2019, 10, 453.

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