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Vested in Grace: Marriage and the Priesthood in the Christian East

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"Literature bearing witness to the state of life of the clergy during the first two centuries of Christianity is very scarce and, in spite of what can appear at first glance, leaves the field open to conjecture regarding marriage and priesthood. At all events, we can find no trace of a consistent teaching singling out clergy with respect to their marital status."

With these words, Abp Peter L'Huillier, who writes the first historical chapter in this study, well captures the earliest roots of a condition that has prevailed until our own age, in both the Eastern and Western Churches. The fact that questions regarding marriage and priesthood remain "open to conjecture," and continue to lack a "consistent teaching," is at once a problem for the Church and the creative cause for the present study.

Here the hard questions about marriage and priesthood are asked, and each contributor in his own field of specialization seeks to answer them honestly. This is not a study that can be reduced to pietistic formulations. Rather it takes the reader to the roots of the many issues that the Church must face, both now and in the future, in the area of marriage and priesthood.

The contributors are Joseph J. Allen, Peter L'Huillier, Patrick Viscuso, Michael Najim, and Nicholas Nagorny.



p. viii


p. ix

Preface - Joseph J. Allen

p. xi

Foreword - Lewis J. Patsavos

p. xiii

Part One - The History of Priesthood and Marriage

1. Economia as the Critical Principle in Making Decisions of Priesthood and Marriage - Joseph J. Allen

p. 3

2. The First Millenium: Marriage, Sexuality, and Priesthood - Archbishop Peter (L'Huillier)

p. 23

3. Canonical Aspects of Clerical Marriage During the Late Byzantine and Ottoman Periods - Patrick Viscuso

p. 67

4. Canonical Aspects of Clerical Marriage during the Modern Period - Patrick Viscuso

p. 121

Part Two - Contemporary Issues of Priesthood and Marriage

5. The Two Ways in the East: The Marital Status of Clergy - Michel Najim

p. 225

6. Practical Hope for Positive Change - Joseph J. Allen

p. 265

7. The Scope of Faith: A Bibliographical Essay - Nicholas Nagorny

p. 301

8. An Expanded Bibliography - Nicholas Nagorny

p. 331

Appendix: On the Remarriage of Priests - Anthony Milovodov

p. 393


p. 417

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420 Pages


Holy Cross Orthodox Press



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9 x 6


Joseph J. Allen

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