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#1 Algernon

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 06:51 PM

I recently learned that someone may not be tonsured a monk if he is divorced. Is this true?

 

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#2 Father David Moser

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 09:54 PM

I know quite a few divorced persons who are now monastics.  The restriction is that a man who has had more than one marriage (hence a divorced and remarried) man could not be ordained to the priesthood, but that has nothing really to do with monasticism.  I also know a couple of monastic clergy who were married clergy and then the wife left (for whatever reason); after the divorce they chose to take monastic orders since they would not be permitted to remarry and remain a priest.  So, yes, a divorced person (man or woman) can enter monastic life (assuming they want to and are suited for that life to begin with).

 

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#3 Algernon

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 11:04 PM

Thank you, father.



#4 Lakis Papas

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Posted 12 April 2015 - 12:23 AM

Also, if the divorced person has children, they must be over the age of 18 years old, for valid monastic nomination.

#5 Michał

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Posted 13 April 2015 - 01:57 PM

^ t. Luke of Crimea' cae how it' not alway a rule.



#6 Jean-Serge

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 01:27 PM

^ t. Luke of Crimea' cae how it' not alway a rule.

 

Sorry, what do you mean?



#7 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 02:14 PM

St Luke is properly styled, St Luke of Simferopol and Crimea.



#8 Rdr Thomas

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 02:57 PM

Also, if the divorced person has children, they must be over the age of 18 years old, for valid monastic nomination.

 

I know at least one rassaphore monk who has children under 18.






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