In general, ordained clergy in Protestant and certain autonomous Catholic churches are permitted to marry after ordination in modern Christianity. However, in recent years, ordained clergy in several Orthodox churches have been allowed the privilege to marry after ordination in a few rare situations. In some cases, an elder may be granted this permission by a bishop if there is no other pastor available to perform the service. In other cases, a priest who has reached the age of fifty-five may apply for leave to marry.
The first thing you need to know about ministers & marriage is that they must be male. The Bible says in 1 Timothy 3:12 that women cannot be teachers or elders because they're not as strong as men are. This also means that women can't be priests since priests are leaders and therefore have a leadership role in the church. Women can, however, serve in many other ways including in worship, teaching, and care giving. There are even stories in the Bible of women playing important roles in religious affairs such as Moses' mother, who was a prophetess. Although women cannot hold the same positions as men do, today's Christians view this as a sacred gift from God instead of an immutable law.
Ministers are called upon to lead people in prayer, to preach Christian sermons, and to administer the sacraments (except for priests who offer the eucharist).
If a Catholic priest has once been ordained, he or she cannot marry again. Marriage after ordination is also not permitted without consent from the Holy See. However, if a priest wants to marry but the pope refuses his petition, then the priest can remain in holy orders by taking on other duties within the church. For example, a priest could become an abbot or bishop and rule over several churches.
Marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman which should only be entered into out of love and respect. It is at the heart of God's plan for humanity and as priests you should be living out your call to holiness by having the right attitude towards marriage and the family.
As Catholics, we believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God who became human and died for our sins. Through His death and resurrection, He has opened the way to salvation for all people. At His first coming, He offered Himself up as a sacrifice for our sins, and at His second coming, He will come to judge everyone who lives on earth at that time.
During His ministry, Jesus made it clear that His followers should have no contact with divorcees or adulterers.
The Catholic Church, like the Eastern Churches, does not accept clerical marriage, while several of the Eastern Catholic Churches do allow married men to be ordained as priests. However, even in these cases, the husband must consent to the marriage ceremony and the church cannot perform another marriage later if this one falls apart.
In general, Catholics are expected to live according to Church teaching on the matter of marriage. If you are told that your pastor can marry you because you have been informed of the Church's teaching on the matter and you agree with it, you should ask for an explanation from your pastor as to how this is done within his ministry.
The fact that some pastors are allowed to marry people without requiring an explicit declaration from them that they give their consent to the marriage does not mean that others are able to do the same. Such practices are not supported by the Church and should never be undertaken.
It is important to note that only Catholics who have received the sacrament of Marriage are capable of providing valid consent to marry. Those who have entered into a civil union will always be considered divorced under Church law.
A marriage ceremony may be performed by any ordained minister, priest, rabbi, or other member of the clergy. Marriage ceremonies may be performed by any judge, including retired judges and clerk magistrates. Judges can perform marriages without being ordained if they meet other requirements set forth in state law.
Nebraska is an open marriage license state. This means that a couple does not need a license from their county clerk to get married. However, they must obtain a license from the Secretary of State's office. The cost is $60 for out-of-state couples and $30 for Nebraska residents who apply online. If you plan to have your wedding at a church or temple that charges for weddings, check with them first to make sure that they will perform same-sex marriages too. Some churches are willing to do so but don't want to be bothered by asking questions about it later when people start filing lawsuits.
Gay couples can marry in Nebraska regardless of where they live. Gay couples can also marry in any other state that allows it. However, if one person has already been married to another man or woman at the time of their marriage to another person, then that previous marriage would have to be declared invalid in order for its results to be changed.
A priest may not marry in the Catholic Church, both East and West. A married priest is one who was married before being ordained in the Eastern Catholic Churches. The Catholic Church regards the norm of clerical celibacy as a discipline rather than a dogma. That is, while Christ's apostles were all male, there are no restrictions on gender for priests today or in past centuries.
In the Latin Church, a bishop can grant a license for marriage to a priest, but it cannot be required. In fact, there is no requirement for any priest to be married. However, many priests do choose to marry because it is understood that if they are called to another parish or assignment, their wife would want to know where they are going. Also, a married priest does not have to leave his family during a long stay in Rome, which many young priests experience when they are sent here as assistants to older bishops or priests.
There are several countries around the world where Catholics are allowed to marry priests. For example, in the United States, Canada, and most other countries across Europe, if a priest decides to marry, he can continue to serve at holy churches until he dies, even though the church rules say that once a priest gets married, he can't be a priest anymore.
In some cases, a priest may decide to marry to preserve the sanctity of marriage within the church community.