77) Invested Authority to marry a couple
If Orthodox clergy alone are "invested" alone with the power to marry a couple, every child in the world born into a non Orthodox marriage is "a bastard". The old testament law was "A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD." Deut 23:2. I notice this is not one of the old covenant laws that they decided to cherry pick for themselves and make it a law by tradition, given that they call so many people illegitimate. Have they any idea of the trauma that such beliefs inflict on the children?