Yes, I know. But you imply that they can loose it out of whole cloth. The example you give doesn't support that, as there were many celibate bishops (and far from the exception) when the canon was created and long before.ozgeorge said:No. The point is that a married man could be a Bishop in the Early Church (as ratified by Scripture), but a married man can no longer be a Bishop in the Church as decreed by the Church. If you go back in the thread, you'll see that I use it as an example of how the Church can "bind and loose".ialmisry said:No. No. But I've seen the Protestants argue, as your line seems to imply, that a bishop MUST have a wife, not be the husband of one wife (and no more). The celibate bishop was there from the beginning, along with the married.ozgeorge said:Does that changes the fact that Bishops were originally permitted to marry in the Church by a Scriptural instruction which was later over-ruled by the Church?ialmisry said:The bishop who wrote that and the bishop he wrote to were not married.ozgeorge said:Well, some of them were clergy in that they were Deaconesses, and in the case of St. Brigid, she may have been a Bishop as we saw in this thread, but thats besides the point. I think if you read this thread, you will find that no one is arguing that women were Priestesses in the Church.88Devin12 said:Also, none of those women were Priestesses. They were able to serve the Church outside of the Holy Priesthood, just as millions of Orthodox women have done for 2000 years.
Has your Bishop ever been married? Why not? Our Holy Scripture demands that a Bishop must be "the husband of one wife" (1 Timothy 3:2). Surely the Church did not adjust it's practices to forbid Bishops from marrying when Scripture clearly teaches they must be "the husband of one wife"? Why the change? What is the explanation?88Devin12 said:We should not give in to something just because it's demanded or encouraged by the society and culture that is around us.
Or is your point that you think St. Paul and St. Timothy are hypocrites?
Nearly a millenium too late.ozgeorge said: