"'The Eastern Orthodox Church doesn't excommunicate. It's decentralized. The patriarch in Constantinople is primus inter pares. But each congregation can, in principle, declare itself autonomous.' 'And the Rabia Institute?' The sorrow and anger turned into fear. 'They've chosen a woman as the metropolit. That means they have left the Church. A woman can't rise higher than deaconess. They're in conflict with the Holy Scriptures.'" - 'The Quiet Girl', Peter Høeg.