Can Orthodox priests marry?
The local priest in my area is married, so obviously it's possible. But are ordained single priests allowed to marry?
- OPsaltisLv 710 years agoFavorite Answer
Married men may become Orthodox deacons and priests, but it is extremely rare for single Orthodox deacons and priests to marry after ordination. Sometimes special permission from one's bishop can be arranged before ordination, if it is one's known intent to marry.
There was at least answer that treated this as a typical independent protestant -- everything is fair game. In the ancient church, it's not like that.
/OrthodoxSource(s): More on Orthodox Christianity: http://www.goarch.org/ourfaith http://saintnicholas.ucoz.com/index/intro_to_ortho...
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- cheruvimaLv 710 years ago
Eastern Orthodox Christians priests must be married before they can be ordained priests. If a man wants to become a priest and be unmarried, then he becomes a monk first. If he is not a monk, he has to marry in order to be ordained a priest. There are very, very rare exceptions to this. This is the way it was in Christianity in the beginning, and it is the hallmark of Orthodox Christianity to maintain the teachings and practices that Christ gave us in the Church, as He came to earth to establish the Church. Humans have made changes along the ages, but we Orthodox Christians say that is like saying Christ, as God, didn't know what He was doing and we humans have to "fix" His work. To us Orthodox Christians, that's fairly absurd. We stand fast and keep the traditions of the faith we have been given...handed down through out the generations.
- Anonymous10 years ago
The Orthodox church with which I am familiar is Russian Orthodox. In that denomination, the question of whether you are married or celibate is determined when you are ordained, so a celibate priest will not get married thereafter. However, only celibate clergy can become bishops--with one exception: missionary bishops.Source(s): 30+ years as an Episcopal choirmaster (with Russian Orthodox friends)
- Lost ProphecyLv 710 years ago
Yes and No.
A Diocese Priest (white cassock) can be married, a Religious Priest (black cassock) can not be married. Basically if the Priest is a Brother or Monk they can't be married.
It's the same for the Eastern Catholic Church.
- Lawrence Of RomeLv 610 years ago
Ordained priests cannot marry, but married men may be ordained.
Some still choose celibacy, and it is only those that can be elevated to the status of Bishop, Metropolitan or Patriarch.
- 10 years ago
Yes, although clerical celibacy still holds a stand in the Orthodox church... although I have noticed that such priests were married before they reached priesthood...
- SUPERSTARLv 610 years ago
orthodox priests can be married before they are ordained but they can be married only once