Mar­ried Ortho­dox priests set ex­am­ple

Windsor Star - - OPINION -

As a Chris­tian, I feel shame and dis­gust about the abuse of chil­dren by Catholic priests.

I watch the news in dis­may as they dis­cuss what is wrong with the these Catholic priests. No one has an­swers. In­stead, every­one is re­quest­ing that the car­di­nals and bish­ops re­sign, even the Pope him­self.

This will not solve the prob­lem.

What I find in­ter­est­ing is that no one is ques­tion­ing why this hap­pens within the Catholic Church as op­posed to other re­li­gions, such as the Greek Ortho­dox Church. The Catholic Church treats priests as if they are gods, when in­stead they are merely men with hu­man needs. In con­trast, for ex­am­ple, the Greek Ortho­dox Church re­quires that all priests must be mar­ried be­fore be­ing or­dained, rec­og­niz­ing that they are men first.

They have fam­i­lies, chil­dren and real-life ex­pe­ri­ences in the every­day world to draw from and to hu­man­ize them.

Elie Ster­giou, Wind­sor

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