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PostUnmarried Men and the Church: Death of Bishop James Winchester Montgomery (David Duggan, USA, 11/03/19 5:27 am)
Normally WAIS gets first crack at anything I write, but I sent this essay to the fellow who has a site devoted to the worldwide Anglican Communion--and miracle of miracles, he published it. Still I thought that our readers would be interested:
JE comments: Virtue Online--WAISworld is more modest, as we claim nothing more than Peace, Light, and Truth! Be that as it may, congratulations on the article, David. Happy to pass it along to WAISers.
You address the matter of marriage and the priesthood. The justifications behind celibacy rules are threefold: imitatio Christi, the attempt to prevent divided loyalties (flock v family), and the importance of preserving Church wealth and property. Perhaps I am overly materialistic, but I always accepted the last one as the real reason. Of course, your essay addresses the Anglican tradition and not Catholicism.
One quibble: My Russian Orthodox friends have taught me that men can be ordained if already married, but cannot marry as priests or remarry if they become widowers. Moreover, married priests cannot ascend to the higher ranks of the Church. Can someone clarify? Are the Greek (Romanian, Armenian, Serbian, etc.) rules different?