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Question 32.

What is the Church's standing on having children out of marriage? My partner is non orthodox...although my daughter has been christened orthodox?


Answer to Question 32.


The church has always taught that children be the fruit of marriage and that sexual relations outside of marriage is a sin. That does not mean that the church judges women as improper.  The Church’s teaching is the same now as it was 300 years ago or a thousand years ago. This doesn’t mean that the Church has stood still in time. She grows and adapts to new things as they come into being. Her teaching remains the same, but her approach to worldly problems change. She allows herself what we call “Economy” or “Dispensation”. The world has changed over the past 50 years and the Church has not remained blind to these changes, but she cannot change teachings found in the Bible that would in effect spiritually harm her flock. But she does understand these changes and tries to adapt a more modern approach to the problems facing people of today.  The majority of marriages that we perform today are marriages where the couples already have a child. It has become the modern way of life and we have accepted it without passing judgement. But that doesn’t mean that it’s right.  Why have you not got married, Is your partner against this or can he not get married in an Orthodox church?



Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. I fully accept and understand your answer. My partner cannot get married in the orthodox Church as he was not christened.