Given the extreme seriousness of this anti-canonical and anti-ecclesiological position, the speciousness of His Eminence’s reasoning, and numerous unanswered questions—e.g., are non-Orthodox spouses free to commune in both their own denomination and the Orthodox Church, why are we allowing uncanonical mixed marriages in the first place, is marriage a “sacrament” in and of itself, unconsummated in the Eucharist, etc.?—we await a more formal statement from the Ecumenical Patriarchate or the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese on this matter.
Archbishop Elpidophoros of America
Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, declared in a public forum that Christians who have been married in the Orthodox Church but are not Greek Orthodox themselves, may receive Holy Communion.
His statement came in a question and answer session during the annual conference of Leadership 100, an organization of Greek Orthodox Church donors, which was holding its annual event in Palm Beach, Florida.
Specifically, the Archbishop was responding to a question by a member of the audience who asked why the Orthodox Church wouldn’t administer Holy Communion to non-Orthodox spouses.
The Archbishop answered the question pointedly suggesting that since a non-Orthodox spouse has already participated in a sacrament of the Orthodox Church (marriage), why wouldn’t he or she be allowed to participate in the sacrament of Holy Communion.
It is important to note that the question was specifically about non-Orthodox Christian spouses who have been married in the Orthodox Church. Read More