I had just told her about the budding flirtation with a boy from Memphis who lived across the grassy quad. One girl in the room decided to turn the group’s attention to my facial features and how un-Indian they were: the tip of my nose was a little rounder than my sister’s; my lips were full, fat, and sat prominently on my face.I would spy him coming back from class and get the jitters. Everyone turned to do their own individual nitpicking before agreeing that, yes, Chaya does look a little weird. Sometimes people looked “less Indian” than other people. But the others seemed to understand something about the final comment that I missed.f anyone had asked me what I thought about Eastern Orthodoxy before I converted, I would have said it was basically a popeless Catholic Church, except that its priests can marry. While there are certainly important similarities between the theologies of world’s largest and second-largest Christian Churches—for example, our understanding of the nature of Communion—there are also crucial differences that still impede reunification more than a thousand years after the tragedy of the Great Schism.

There are also some burdens associated with the Orthodox practice.

In the United States, the priest’s parish, not the Church itself, is responsible for his compensation.

There is already a precedent for that approach: Married clergy from other denominations can be ordained priests after they convert to Catholicism.

Allowing a similar mercy to married former Catholic clerics would certainly help ease the current priest shortage in the West.2.

There are several benefits to having married priests.

It allows the men who toil in the trenches of parish life to experience the joy of having a wife and children, which makes the priestly call easier to follow.The other priestly track requires the aescetic sacrifice of celibacy, perceived in the Church as a form of martyrdom.Almost all such unmarried priests are or become monastics, known in the Church as “Hieromonks.” The Orthodox Church follows St.While that might be seen as discrimination against existing priests, not requiring continued celibacy of those already ordained would open the door to their dating, which might cause a whole new set of problems.One possible solution would be to allow existing priests who want to pursue family life to be temporarily laicized, with the prospect of returning to the priesthood once they marry.To understand better what that would be, let’s look at the Orthodox approach to this important question.n Orthodox man who feels called to the priesthood has two options.