Supreme Court's ruling in a split-decision Obergefell v. This applies in all cases; first of all, of course, to such cases in which such a person enters into a false union of "same-sex marriage," so-called, as well as a union with a person of the other sex, outside of the Church. In cases where the sex male or female of either of the prospective marriage partners is disputed, the priest must consult with his diocesan bishop and receive specific instructions for proceeding. Therefore, all persons who come to us must be treated with respect and dignity. But God did not leave man to such a state: Pastoral communications in personal contact with persons who profess to be homosexual must be positive and compassionate. No clergyman may stand present in any so-called "same-sex marriage" ceremony, even as a non-participating guest, regardless of location. Therefore, the Church cannot recognize or countenance any other definition of marriage by any human law, since any such "law" contrary to God's own created ordinance cannot stand as law, but is and will be a dead letter.
Hodges, 26 June, , now well-known to all, a significant cap-stone was placed upon the rapid movement in our county toward a re-definition of marriage, which, of course, in the Church we consider to be unacceptable. In short, only one male and one female both otherwise meeting the canonical requirements; namely, at least one of them being an Orthodox Christian in good standing with the Church, and the other being a recognized Christian according to the terms of baptism may be married canonically. It is not yet clear that the act of signing a marriage license exposes the clergyman to litigation forcing him to act contrary to our stated purposes as a Church. In the words of the Apostle to the nations, St Paul, "all things that are reproved by the light are made manifest; for everything being made manifest is light. Man fell from this ancestral glory due to his own vain pursuit of sensual pleasure and plunged himself headlong into death. In the light of these facts, we issue this Archiepiscopal Directive in order to underscore the natural definition of marriage as a word to our "parish"; namely, the region of North America, so that all people may be summoned back to God-given common sense. It is this exclusive union of love which alone is fertile and thus the nursery of the human race until the end of time. But God did not leave man to such a state: St Paul, in teaching his children, said that he had "betrothed them to one spouse, that he might present them a chaste virgin to Christ. When we speak to our children we speak not only pragmatically but on a higher level, as from the age to come, since we do not treat earthly things only, but heavenly. Any Orthodox Christian who chooses to undergo marriage solemnities of any kind outside of the Orthodox Church voluntarily separates himself herself from communion with the holy Orthodox Church. I remain Your father in Christ,. At this time, and until further directives are given, no priest may refuse to sign a marriage license for a couple who are otherwise qualified and blessed by that priest to receive the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. This must be reviewed and a copy maintained within the parish marriage records. Any couple which is eligible to receive the Mystery of Holy Matrimony in the Orthodox Church and who have availed themselves of a civil marriage that is, solemnized by the secular state authority and who express their desire for the Sacrament itself "crowning" must be carefully screened. Therefore, any such person is no longer in good standing with the Church and therefore may not receive holy Communion, nor serve as sponsor at baptism, nor hold any parish church office. Only after the pastor is satisfied that all civil laws in agreement with the Church's doctrine have been complied with may he then consider the couple for the great blessing of marriage crowning in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Pastoral communications in personal contact with persons who profess to be homosexual must be positive and compassionate. The status of so-called "same-sex marriage" and the reason for this Directive It is this "beginning" which is often forgotten these days. Any other so-called "marriage," including so-called "same-sex marriage," is a forgery and death-dealing sterile and doomed to frustration and the ruin of body and soul of its participants. Therefore, the Church cannot recognize or countenance any other definition of marriage by any human law, since any such "law" contrary to God's own created ordinance cannot stand as law, but is and will be a dead letter. Therefore, this Archdiocese strongly recommends that the parish council consult with a local attorney, in concert with communications between the pastor and his diocesan bishop, regarding the regulation of this matter. The pastoral relationship is basic for us, who are called to "seek out the lost sheep. As manifest by the recent U. In Christ, then, all that is natural according to creation is elevated and transfigured by the uncreated Light of the Master who was transfigured in glory on Tabor. However, it rules as non-binding any law which limits the legal definition of marriage to that of an exclusive union of one man to one woman. To be precise, the Supreme Court's decision does not make any new law.
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