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Remarriage for deacon or priest

Discussion in 'The Ancient Way - Eastern Orthodox' started by GreekOrthodox, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. GreekOrthodox

    GreekOrthodox Psalti Chrysostom

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    I know the rule is that deacons and priests is that they cant remarry if their wife passes away. However, has anyone heard of an exception to that rule for a young clergyman with children? Years ago, I thought that I had heard about a priest with children whose wife was killed in a car accident and that his bishop had permitted him to remarry a couple years later. Someone in real life was asking if there were any circumstances that a priest could remarry.
    Brian
     
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  2. buzuxi02

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    I believe this took place under the Antiochans. Of course this is not the norm and highly controversial.

    A priest remarrying basically means he was dating one of his parishioners, always a bad idea.
     
  3. Kristos

    Kristos Servant

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    Yes, it has happened. Bishop can apply economia as he sees fit and it's not really any of our business to second guess him.
     
  4. GreekOrthodox

    GreekOrthodox Psalti Chrysostom

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    Thanks, I just was wondering if there had been exceptions made due to extraordinary circumstances.
     
  5. ArmyMatt

    ArmyMatt Regular Member Supporter

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    hmm, never heard of that. tis interesting. just outta curiousity, why do you ask?
     
  6. GreekOrthodox

    GreekOrthodox Psalti Chrysostom

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    One of my friends was asking about married clergy in the Orthodox church. As I had remembered the general canon is, "no". However, I had remember hearing, probably when I became Orthodox in 2002, about a widowed priest who had received his bishop's blessing to remarry as his children were only 2-3 years old and he was in his mid-20s when his wife had a car accident.
     
  7. choirfiend

    choirfiend Senior Veteran Supporter

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    I know one young deacon whose wife passed away very suddenly, leaving him and their 1 year old behind. I have no idea if he would be granted permission for remarriage, but I dont believe he has done so yet, and she died at least 4 years ago. Some may, some may not. My priest growing up lost his wife to cancer and they had 2 small boys. He never remarried, and passed away when I was in my teens.
     
  8. buzuxi02

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    It would definately be 'extraordinary circumstances' simply for the reason I outlined in my previous post. I know of an unmarried parish priest who was a 'rising star' in the GOARCH. He met someone and asked the synod to be laicized. The bishop pleaded with him to reconsider, but his mind was made and they had no choice but to defrock him. The lady he met was a divorced parishioner who pursued him. In a discussion with a monk, he once told me its not unheard of where a single woman becomes infatuated with her spiritual father. This is part of a greater discussion as to why many monks and bishops are not keen on 'celibate' priests. An unmarried priest should be a monastic, meaning he has some spiritual disciplinein the dispassion of the flesh.
     
  9. InnerPhyre

    InnerPhyre Well-Known Member

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    I agree it would be a bad idea to marry a parishioner, but the situation mentioned does not necessarily indicate that the woman he married was a member of his parish.
     
  10. prodromos

    prodromos Senior Veteran Supporter

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    It could be an arranged marriage, not necessarily the result of dating.
     
  11. GreekOrthodox

    GreekOrthodox Psalti Chrysostom

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    That wouldnt happen to have been someone up in the Boston area would it?
    Brian
     
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