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Greek church denounces cohabitation 'fornication'

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?idarticle=14924 Greek church denounces cohabitation fornication The synod of bishops of the Orthodox Church of
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      Greek church denounces cohabitation 'fornication'

      The synod of bishops of the Orthodox Church of Greek denounced the
      government's plans to legalize non-marital co-habitation. There are
      fears that it would lead to legalizing homosexual liaisons.

      Friday, April 04, 2008
      By George Gilson

      The Orthodox Church of Greece took a hard line against the
      government's plans to legalise non-marital cohabitation agreements.
      It declared all relationships not blessed in an Orthodox wedding
      ceremony, including civil marriages, "fornication".

      In an announcement released after a March 17 meeting, the standing
      Holy Synod said: "The church accepts and blesses the traditional
      wedding ceremony in accordance with the Orthodox ritual and it
      considers as fornication every other 'marital' relationship outside it."

      The announcement was widely seen as a stinging defeat for
      newly-elected Archbishop Ieronymos, who had proclaimed collective
      church governance one of his key aims.

      Ieronymos had adopted much more moderate language about the
      government's plans after he was visited by Justice Minister Sotiris
      Hatzigakis on March 14.

      "On this matter the church is not able to have either discounts or
      deviations. There is a choice of certain people who have certain
      problems to regulate in their own way their own lives," Ieronymos had
      said in remarks that were perceived as tolerant of the government's plans.
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