Letter to the Editor: On Patriarchate Allowing Remarriage of Widowed Priests

The Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Christos Bonis)

To the Editor:

I was pleased to see the story on September 8, “Patriarchate Allows Widowed/Abandoned Priests to Remarry,” after reading about the plight of widowed priests like Fr. Basil Papanikolaou who wrote about “A Different Kind of Abuse in the Greek Orthodox Church” in a letter which appeared in the January 6 issue.

It will be a comfort to those who have devoted their lives to serving the spiritual needs of the community and would like to continue to do so with a spouse by their side.

The decision shows that the Patriarchate is willing to make changes when presented with a reasonable case for change. It’s about time.

Costas V. Perdikopoulos

San Diego, CA


  1. Although we don’t know each other personally, I would like to express my profound gratitude to Costas Perdikopoulos for his kind letter on this subject. When this decision is verified and becomes a reality for me, I will offer my extensive response, not only on the second marriage of widowed/divorced priests, but on a plethora of other areas our church is in dire need of renewal.

  2. Why can’t bishops marry if they can have children? If a priest is widowed, he can become a bishop no matter how many kids he has. This makes sense……..to somebody else.

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