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Pastoral Profession and Family/Marriage
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Luther’s marriage with K. v. Bora in 1525 was an action with confessional and political implications of enormous import, not least for the future development of the Protestant pastorate. Building on the tradition of the Early Church, which remained in effect for the lower clergy in the Orthodox churches, it gave concrete expression to a new attitude toward sexuality and sacrality (Sexual ethics): they are not mutually exclusive. Marriage and family are where faith is tested (WA 6, 564). Therefore the Anglican and Old Catholic churches (Old Catholics) have married pr…

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Dahm, Karl-Wilhelm, “Pastoral Profession and Family/Marriage”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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