The troublesome word in the dialogue as I read it is "Allow". Nobody really wants to say the Lord Allowed Divorce, do they? Because to allow is to give permission and how can the Lord be said to be giving permission to something He elsewhere seemingly forbidden?
I don't see anyway around recognizing that the Lord ALLOWED for Divorce and that he is not simply passing the Buck to Moses for its origin and applicability when He said, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because of the hardness of your hearts, But it was not this way from the beginning (Matt. 19, 8 ).
I do not read our Lord as demoting Moses, but rather establishing His authority. He says nothing which forbids divorce, but very clearly shows them the nature of the problem arises because they cannot accept the Creation Story as historically reliable. For MOSES also gave them the story of One man to One woman. It is as if our Lord was saying, "If you believe Moses to be your Authority, why then do you not recognize that it was also MOSES who gave you the ordinance of Marriage to begin with in the Creation Story. It was not that way from the beginning, i.e., the book of Genesis.
I do not read our Lord as ending the Mosaic commandment concerning Divorce; perhaps it has been or ought to be one of the leascommandments with which we are concerned about, but go figure we are what we are.
It would also seem incorrect to say that the Orthodox Church allows for Divorce; what would that mean? Does she not allow for sinners?
I think second marriages are a kind of Zoar to which the Righteous Lot fled unto as like unto a city of refuge,to escape the falling wrath of God upon those who loved the flesh with such passion so a to corrupt completely marriages meaning and purpose (to write the Book of Life and then to enter into it and save it from the inside out). Lot' wife had a thing for the flesh which was so powerful within her that she turned back unto the city which was being destroyed by God. Lot only escaped with the help of his daughters, yet the Apostle Peter Praised him with an acclamation also used/given to St. Joesph the betrothed: i.e., JUST or RIGHTEOUS.
A Just or Righteous man looses his wife and marries his daughters...Hey, change the channel, I want to see Rockford Files.
Fixed the automatic smiley bug in your post, and nothing more... (The parser always wants to read the "8 )" as a smiley if you don't separate the two characters.) -PtA