St. Theodore of Canterbury on Marriage

St. Theodore of Canterbury ca. 602-690

Of Marriages: that nothing be allowed but lawful wedlock; that none commit incest; no man quit his true wife, unless, as the Gospel teaches, on account of fornication. And if any man shall put away his own wife, lawfully joined to him in matrimony, that he take no other, if he wishes to be a good Christian, but continue as he is, or else be reconciled to his own wife. (Synod of Hertford ca. 673, Canon 10.  St. Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation Bk. 4.5)

Comments

  1. Didn’t he suport the remariage?

  2. It seems that he takes the position that one should not remarry as long as the other partner lives. The other fathers permitted remarriage as a concession. St. Gregory the Theologian called a second marriage an “indulgence”, the third “transgression” and a fourth “swinish”.

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