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Offline brother0sparrow

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Conditions for married priests
« on: October 08, 2004, 12:21:19 PM »
Hi,

This is Miguel, a seminarian from Canary Islands, Spain so obviously for those who know Canary Islands ;) , a catholic.

Today at the seminary we were discussing the celibacy which is optional for catholic *deacons* if and only if he has been married for more than 10 years and has the permission of the wife, so we were wondering if the orthodox (and/or those catholic of eastern rite) had similar conditions.

Any help?
Thanks :)

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Re:Conditions for married priests
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2004, 12:28:16 PM »
Orthodox priests and deacons can be celibate if their wife and spiritual fathers agree. But usually they would just become monastics.  St John of Kronstadt is a notable exception.

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Re:Conditions for married priests
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2004, 12:36:21 PM »
Anastasios I think the question is whether they are allowed to become deacons if they are married (be married). Not whether they can become celibate afterwards, I think :)

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Re:Conditions for married priests
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2004, 12:43:07 PM »
ICXN,

I was thrown off by this statement:

"Today at the seminary we were discussing the celibacy which is optional for catholic *deacons*"

In the USA, a married man can become a Catholic deacon without being celibate.

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Re:Conditions for married priests
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2004, 08:20:37 PM »
If I understand the question, YES!  Marriage (first marriage that is) does not constitute any impediment to ordination to the diaconate or priesthood in the Eastern Orthodox Church.  Ordination to major orders does constitute an impediment of sorts to marriage, so a priest may not marry (after ordination, obviously) and remain a priest.  Any candidate for ordination must meet a series of requirements, of course.

I cannot speak for the Orientals but I think the practice is the same.

As far as Eastern Catholics are concerned that is another story and varies depending on location.

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