Archbishop Of Cyprus Wants More Condemnation of Homosexuals

ChrysostomosAt a gathering of Orthodox leaders last weekend, Archbishop Chrysostomos (right) of Cyprus commented took a stand against the "weakening moral integrity" of Christian churches around the world who have accepted and encouraged equal rights for LGBT persons. He proceeded to claim that religious leaders should do research and utilize "scientific findings" in order to condemn homosexuals further. He has, in effect, set off a firestorm of protest from Cyprus LGBT rights organizations. 

Cyprus Mail reports:

“We should, in my opinion, position ourselves on issues of relaxation of morals increasingly promoted by secular, mostly Christian governments in what is considered the advanced world, and to which the Church’s reaction has been meagre thus far,” [Chrysostomos] told a meeting of hierarchs of the autocephalous Orthodox churches convened by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul. “When, for example, governments legalise not only plain civil partnership but ‘homosexual marriage’, the Church must be unequivocal in condemning homosexuality.”

His comments prompted a storm of protests on social media sites and condemnation from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) rights activist group ACCEPT-LGBT.

The group said that by adopting such positions the Church continued to “alienate itself further” from the real world, and warned that the Church’s position unwittingly encourages the marginalisation of vulnerable groups.

CyprusrainbowACCEPT-LGBT cited Pope Francis's comments regarding his inability to judge homosexuals as evidence that the Archbishop's orthodox views are becoming outdated and out of sync with the modern world. They also noted that Cyprus has taken great strides in LGBT rights in recent years, including hosting their first ever gay pride parade coming up this May.

Savvides noted that significant steps have been made in ensuring rights equality, and that the government policy is to proceed with enacting the civil partnership bill, planned to be submitted to the House for discussion in April.

ACCEPT-LGBT’s statement argues that significant progress has been observed in societal attitudes towards LGBTs, citing research conducted in February 2014 suggesting that “53.3 per cent of Cypriot citizens accept civil partnership legislation.”

“The Church’s position against homosexuality is an old one. We need to move forward, we can’t look back”, said Savvides.

Archbishop photo via Cyprus Mail.

Comments

  1. simon says

    wheelie81:
    I agree that we need more condemnation of the Churches especially the one with the Catholic persuasion. I wish GLAAD and HRC etc are as “outspoken” as their Cyprus counterpart.

  2. TwinkleTwinkle says

    Thank you archbishop of Cypris for ensuring that there will be maximum violence at the first gay pride parade. Your god must be so proud of you! There should be a special place for you in heaven for making sure that more gays suffer in the world.
    Maybe you can align yourself with the world congress of families who organize the likes of neo nazi groups.

  3. john patrick says

    Well if the Archbishop of Cyprus wants more condemnations of homosexuals, I will issue an absolute and unequivocal condemnation of the Archbishop of Cyprus.

  4. woodroad34 says

    morally corrupt and bankrupt, that’s what these orthodox “religious” people are. They hurt, cause evil emotions, and sunder humanity into divisive groups.

  5. Roger says

    What western activists, that insist on shoving this culture war down the throats of the opposing side, don’t seem to get is that they’re actually encouraging, inviting (deservedly so) backlash. But out of other cultures. Keep it to yourselves!

  6. moz's says

    & he is a heretic out of communion with the bishop of rome, thus damned to hell

    being the oldest schismatic cult doesn’t negate the fate of schismatics from the 1 Universal Catholic church centered on the bishop seat of peter

    that is if one believed religious mumbo jumbo to begin with

  7. Bill says

    You know, it would be interesting, if someone has the time to collect the data, to plot the level of a church’s homophobia versus the fraction of its clergy involved in sex scandals.

  8. luminum says

    Perhaps Andrew Sullivan would like to volunteer to “dialogue” with him? I’m certain they’ll find some happy middle ground between condemning homosexuality and, you know, not condemning homosexuality…

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