When Marriage is Dead

From Fr. Dmitry Karpenko on Pravmir.com: 


It is difficult for us to accept the imperfection of the world. We want there to be some kind of guarantee of stability. We may not be perfect, but at least someone should be, so that they can provide an example for the rest of us to follow. It can therefore be especially difficult to come to terms with the fact that things do not always go well even in clergy families. Archpriest Dmitri Karpenko, secretary of the Diocese of Gubkin and rector of the Church of St. James in Gubkin (Belgorod Oblast, Russia), offers the following response to an account written by the former wife of a priest (matushka) who endured a psychologically, spiritually, and physically abusive marriage for eleven years before seeking a divorce. The husband, who claimed that he had married her only out of “obedience,” eventually took a lover. During this entire ordeal, each time the former matushka sought advice from a priest or spiritual father, she was greeted with the same familiar refrain: “endure, pray, and humble yourself.” It is in reply to this and similar cases that Fr. Dmitri offers what follows




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