Orthodox Christianity and Interfaith Marriage

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in Dr. Adriana Bara (Ed.), Interfaith Marriage: from Fourteen Faith Communities’ Perspectives, 2017, pp.16-22

“It was always with the necessary strictness and proper pastoral sensibility, in the compassionate manner of Paul, Apostle of the Gentiles (Rom 7:2-3; 1 Cor 7:12-15, 39), that the Church treated both the positive preconditions (difference of sexes, legal age, etc.) and the negative impediments (kinship by blood and affinity, spiritual kinship, an existing marriage, difference in religion, etc.) for the joining in marriage. Pastoral sensibility is necessary not only because the biblical tradition determines the relationship between the natural bond of marriage and the sacrament of the Church…” (The Sacrament of Marriage and its impediment, par.6)

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