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Russian Patriarch tells European leader: same-sex marriage is sinful

May 27, 2013

In a meeting with the secretary general of the Council of Europe, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church emphasized that same-sex marriage is sinful.

“If people choose such lifestyle, this is their right, but the Church’s responsibility is to say that this is a sin in the face of God,” Patriarch Kirill told Thorbjørn Jagland.

Saying that he was heartened by the popular demonstrations against same-sex marriage in France, Patriarch Kirill lamented that through same-sex marriage, “the sin is justified by law for the first time in the entire history of mankind.”


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  • Posted by: loumiamo7154 - May. 28, 2013 11:20 AM ET USA

    While I applaud the scolding by Patriarch Kirill, he's a mite inaccurate, in that re-marriage after divorce and abortion have been justified by law for many years now.

  • Posted by: Defender - May. 28, 2013 10:44 AM ET USA

    Direct and to the point, not like many U.S. bishops. Wonder what the SecGen of the Council of Europe had to say?

  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - May. 28, 2013 10:36 AM ET USA

    There he went and used the "s" word. Sin does not appear any longer to be in the vocabulary of the American bishops as typified by Cardinal Timothy Dolan in his dual role of archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.