Q&ampA: Can I Divorce and Grow to be a Monk?


We have received an e-mail from an individual which goes as follows:
I was just asking yourself if you could give me your opinion on a query about getting into into the monastic life.
If one particular was married in the previous and had a kid, and now the two are divorced and she re-married and he has not can he enter the monastic life? Grow to be a monk?
Thanks for your time!&nbspGod Bless you!”
Right here is our understanding of the matter.
We assume that you reside in the United States. You are topic to U.S. civil and criminal law as a citizen of the state in which you reside. Therefore, what ever you do religiously, you are topic to the civil and criminal laws of your jurisdiction. The matter is the similar, with the essential modifications, for what ever legal jurisdiction you reside in.
Assuming that there is no impediment in regard to civil or criminal law—for instance a court order regarding kid assistance or some other matter—then according to the tradition of the Orthodox Church and Orthodox canon law (as far as we know we are not an professional in Orthodox canon law), there is no impediment to your becoming a monk getting been as soon as married, getting fathered a kid and then getting been divorced.
Even so, the query would arise of the status of your marriage in the eyes of the Orthodox Church. This is specially accurate if you initially married in the Orthodox Church but obtained a civil divorce. Historically, the Orthodox Church has treated the monastic tonsure as dissolving an existent marriage, and without the need of the consent of the spouse, but it is doubtful no matter whether now any Orthodox jurisdiction would apply this principle without the need of an investigation of the certain predicament. This is a matter you would have to talk about with the senior members of the Orthodox jurisdiction to which you presently belong.
There is also the query of the welfare of the child—whether you have any legal or spiritual duty that would interfere with your becoming a monk in a certain monastery. This is once more a thing you would have to talk about with the senior members of your Orthodox jurisdiction.

The subsequent challenge is that to turn into a monk in the Orthodox Church, you have to turn into a monk in a distinct monastery–there is no such issue as an Orthodox monk of nowhere in certain. But that suggests that the superior of the monastery and possibly the council of senior monks of the monastery would have to be happy with your bona fides. They would make their personal assessment of you and your marital history. Usually, a monastery is not obliged to accept any certain postulant so this will be an assessment independent of what ever the senior members of your jurisdiction determine. Even so, if the senior members of your jurisdiction have decided that you have an impediment then the monastery would ordinarily acquiesce and refuse you. This phase of private assessment will differ from monastery to monastery and jurisdiction to jurisdiction and nation to nation. We could only recommend that you talk about the matter with the superior of the monastery which you are interested in getting into.
Lastly, each the senior members of your Orthodox jurisdiction and the monastic superior collectively with the senior members of the monastery will want to assess the significance of your marital history for your private psychological and spiritual situation with regard to the possibility of your getting into the monastic life and of remaining in that state till death. There is no dispensation from vows in the Orthodox Church.
Therefore, there is no theoretical impediment to your becoming a monk per se, but each the ruling bishop and the monastic superior would have to judge the merits of your certain case prior to you could acquire permission.
Supply: https://orthodoxmonk.blogspot.com/2008/12/can-divorced-man-turn into-orthodox-monk.html


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