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Law and repentance
27-04-2010, 12:16 PM
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Law and repentance
Dear Bothers and Sisters in Christ,

An enquiry about marriage and Canon Law has prompted an interesting discussion in another part of the Forum. It has got me thinking about something which is, in truth, at least as old as our Faith, and which St. Paul himself had occasion to write about - namely the apparent tension between Law and the freedom of His forgiveness.

We know that the Corinthians got a little confused on this one, but in this instance it is perhaps a narrower aspect of this more general question which attracts attention.

Is this scenario impossible within the BOC? (It is one from real life, but in another Apostolic Church). A person wishes to be received into the Church. They are married to a non-Orthodox person. This person is actually their second spouse. The first marriage, many years ago, was dissolved in civil law, the divorced person subsequently re married. In the case I have in mind, the person was told by a priest that they could not receive communion because of their status as a divorced person in what their Church considered an irregular marriage, which meant that they could not be received into the Church.

The person concered suffered considerable distress, not least since they had become convinced that salvation demanded their entry into this particular Church. In the end a 'loophole' was found and they were received.

But the whole thing made me think, as does the post from Eira in the 'Question' section. of how Our Lord would have dealt with repentatn sinners? The successors of the Apostles inherit the power to bind and loose, which they seem to devolve to canon lawyers.

Now one can argue, as many would, that all this is has it has long been, rules is rules and all of that; but how far does that accord with repentance and renewal? One might, of course, wish to say that being divorced and remarried is such a sin that it debars one from the Church, although there might be individual circumstances which would allow some amelioration of the general rule - but if that is what is thought, ought it not to be said outright?

It prompted the more general thought of how well canon law is suited to dealing with pluralistic Western societies? It seems to presuppose a situation in which most people will be Christian and in that particular Church; if one starts from erroneous suppositions, one seldom gets to where one wishes to be. Smile

In Christ,

John

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
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Messages In This Thread
Law and repentance - John Charmley - 27-04-2010 12:16 PM
RE: Law and repentance - Zhane Canalpan - 19-12-2012, 04:10 AM
RE: Law and repentance - DanielM - 27-07-2013, 12:08 AM
[] - Antony-Paul - 27-04-2010, 01:17 PM
[] - John Charmley - 27-04-2010, 01:28 PM
law and repentance - kirk yacoub - 07-05-2010, 10:16 AM
[] - John Charmley - 08-05-2010, 01:45 PM
[] - Fr Gregory - 09-05-2010, 05:41 AM
[] - John Charmley - 09-05-2010, 11:32 AM
law and repentance - kirk yacoub - 13-05-2010, 08:24 AM
[] - Fr Gregory - 16-05-2010, 03:15 AM
[] - John Charmley - 16-05-2010, 07:28 AM
[] - Fr Gregory - 16-05-2010, 09:41 PM
[] - John Charmley - 17-05-2010, 06:10 AM
[] - Fr Gregory - 17-05-2010, 06:50 AM
[] - Fr Simon - 17-05-2010, 09:21 AM
[] - Antony-Paul - 17-05-2010, 09:41 AM
[] - John Charmley - 17-05-2010, 09:19 PM
[] - Fr Gregory - 18-05-2010, 05:49 AM
[] - Fr Simon - 18-05-2010, 08:47 AM
[] - Antony-Paul - 18-05-2010, 09:50 AM
[] - Fr Simon - 18-05-2010, 04:11 PM
law and repentence - kirk yacoub - 19-05-2010, 08:40 AM
[] - Fr Gregory - 20-05-2010, 09:31 PM
[] - John Charmley - 22-05-2010, 08:35 AM
[] - Fr Simon - 22-05-2010, 08:54 AM
law and repentance - kirk yacoub - 22-05-2010, 09:24 AM



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