16 June 2006, 15:55
Patriarchate of Constantinople supports the Russian Orthodox Church Holy
Synod statement concerning the Lutheran Church of Sweden
Moscow, June 16, Interfax - Patriarch Bartholomaios of Constantinople has
sent a letter to Patriarch Alexy of Moscow and All Russia, expressing
agreement with the assessment given by the Russian Orthodox Church Holy
Synod on December 27, 2005, to the decision of the Lutheran Church of
Sweden to bless the so-called "same-sex unions".
"By no means we approve but rather deplore the above-mentioned decision of
the Church of Sweden", the primate of the Church of Constantinople stated
in his letter.
He also expressed hope that the Church of Sweden would "come to senses and
rectify its erroneous decision as contradicting the will of God and the
dogmatic teaching and truth of our Orthodox Church and the Christian ethics".
At the same time, Bartholomaios stated that the Patriarchate of
Constantinople would continue its dialogue with the Lutheran Church of
Sweden "on social and theological level".