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Russian Orthodox spokesman: same-sex marriage could lead to collapse of West

June 10, 2013

The head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate says that acceptance of same-sex marriage could lead to collapse of the West in 50 years.

“The main thing in life and international relations is not economics, not politics, but whether or not a specific group adheres to eternal moral norms or tries to contest them,” said Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin. “Russia has an excellent chance of telling the whole world that same-sex marriages and attempts to legalize incest and pedophilia are death and suicide.”

“Russia and Europe will not exist” without Christian ideals, he added. “Western civilization will not exist another fifty years without them.”

The Russian Orthodox official also strongly criticized foreign adoptions and adoptions by homosexual couples.


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  • Posted by: abc - Jun. 10, 2013 10:37 PM ET USA

    "(...)acceptance of same-sex marriage could lead to collapse of the West in 50 years". I don't think it will last that long...

  • Posted by: St.John Neumann - Jun. 10, 2013 7:07 PM ET USA

    It seems to me that the Russian Orthodox Church is not waffling on these issues and some Catholic prelates seem to be doing. The whole idea of identifying a human being by a sexual inclination is absurd. So is the idea of "homosexual couples." Like or not, it gives legitimacy to behaviors that the Church as always taught are sinful. It is obvious that the devil has set up this situation and many in the Church seem oblivious to this reality.

  • Posted by: mario.f.leblanc5598 - Jun. 10, 2013 10:29 AM ET USA

    With all due respect to the patriarch, who is obviously a most sincere Christian leader, and who is expressing truth that should be obvious to any follower of Christ, what is the link between 'foreign adoptions' and 'adoptions by homosexual couples'? Nationalism is one big thorn in the Eastern churches, that is hurting Christian unity. Tu es Petrus...