Letter to Editor

Letter to the Editor: On Widowed Priests and Marriage

January 15, 2018

Thank you for publishing the letter by Fr. Basil Papanikolaou- “A Different Kind of Abuse in the Greek Orthodox Church” that appeared in the Jan. 6 issue. I think it is terrible that a priest who served the church for so many years should be punished for the illogical rule about widowed priests not remarrying.

Is it better for a priest to live a lie so he can keep serving the church? Should he live in sin instead? He is trying to do the right thing by marrying and the church won’t allow it.

It hardly seems fair when the church does allow for laypeople to marry up to three times, as I understand it. Why should a widower priest not be allowed to marry again? Is he not a human being with feelings just because he was called to the priesthood? Of course, the church has its problems as it is, but keeping a widowed priest from marrying again just seems wrong.

When you hear about other abuses and these scandals that periodically become news, it is shocking. Marriage is a sacrament, and a priest trying to serve the church as he has for years should be encouraged, not driven out, in these difficult times. I hope there is a resolution to this issue for Fr. Papanikolaou and for the many priests, I am sure, who have suffered over the years because of this outdated, random rule.

Costas V. Perdikopoulos

San Diego, CA


Congratulations on the success of The National Herald.

Top Stories


BOSTON – The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria in its recent meeting dealt with the ecclesiastical coup perpetrated by the Patriarchate of Moscow in its canonical jurisdiction, calling it an “immoral invasion and intrusion.


NEW YORK - Some 21 years after it was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States that brought down the Twin Towers in New York City, the new St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church rising in its place is among the most eagerly awaited architectural openings of 2022.


STATEN ISLAND, NY – For yet another year, the community of Holy Trinity-St Nicholas in Staten Island honored couples celebrating 50+ years of marriage with a modest ceremony held at the church immediately following the Divine Liturgy on January 16.


1 NYPD Officer Killed, 1 Severely Injured in Harlem Shooting (Vid)

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer was killed and another critically wounded Friday night while answering a call about an argument between a woman and her adult son, officials said, making four officers shot in the city in as many days.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.