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19180Patriarchal spokesman opposes homosexual life outside church but not within

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Jan 31, 2014

      Patriarchal spokesmanopposes homosexual life outside church but not within


      Portal-credo.ru, 31January 2014


      RPTsMP will not compromise and it will not cease calling same-sex marriage, adoption of children by homosexual parents, and surrogate motherhood sin. This was declared on 31 January by the head of the synod's Informational Department of the Moscow patriarchate, Vladimir Legoida, in an interview with RIA Novosti.


      To a journalist's question whether in future RPTsMP may make a compromise, Legoida answered with a quotation from the second letter of the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians: "What fellowship has righteousness with iniquity? What does light have in common with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial?" (2 Cor.6.14-15).


      The creation of conditions for "the least recognition of sin," Legoida said, is disastrous not only for the church but also for society. "Alas, the 'ideological' proponents of the struggle against traditional family values will not rest until the last page where it is written that sodomy is sin has been ripped out of sacred scripture," he said.


      There can be no talk about some compromise with "antichristian ideology," since in several western European countries, Legoida noted, people have been subjected to "persecution" simply for calling homosexuality sin. He added that it is possible to treat the sinner with understanding, but not the sin.


      In an interview devoted to the fifth anniversary of the enthronement of Patriarch Kirill, Legoida also said that the church and state should relate to one another as the soul to the body of a person, and critics of church life cannot improve it through searching for and

      publicly disclosing the mistakes and sins of others. "At the same time, I believe that among the critics there really are those who sincerely wish to make church life better. But if the main instrument is an easy chair in front of a screen with an Internet blog, then, alas, such a desire is hardly likely to bear fruit," Legoida said.


      Late in December 2013 Archdeacon Andrei Kuraev, who had been dismissed from the Moscow Ecclesiastical Academy, described in his blog the existence in RPTsMP of a "light-blue lobby" and incidents of sexual violence of its representatives against young people who depend upon them. It is this lobby, in Kuraev's opinion, that tried to hush up a scandal in a Kazan seminary, where a prorector hegumen was accused of corrupting seminarians, and later facilitated his dismissal. In response, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin called the archdeacon to repent for his statements about a "light-blue lobby."


      Patriarch Kirill, whom Kuraev thinks is well informed about the "light-blue lobby," previously explained the struggle by RPTsMP against legalization of same-sex marriage as the nature of Christianity, and the legalization of gay unions in other countries as an apocalyptic sign. In 2012 the Moscow patriarchate adopted a circular in which same-sex marriage is named among "false values of aggressive liberalism" advanced by "antichurch forces." (tr. by PDS, posted 31 January 2014)