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Ukraine: Catholic, Orthodox leaders speak out against gay pride parade

August 13, 2015

Christian leaders in Odessa, Ukraine’s fourth-largest city, have called upon the city’s mayor to prevent a gay pride parade from taking place on August 15.

Ukrainian Orthodox and Protestant leaders joined Roman-rite and Ukrainian Greek Catholic leaders in signing the appeal, the Religious Information Service of Ukraine reported.

“We strongly believe that such events blur the clear distinction established by God, undermining the foundation of the family and marriage and destroying the biblical family institution,” the Christian leaders said in their joint statement.

“A society that accepts homosexuality is doomed to extinction,” they continued. “Homosexuality kills true love and gives rise to hatred; it leads to the inevitable degradation of an individual; it is the reason for many, including incurable diseases. Homosexuality is a sin.”

“We understand that the views of the LGBT community are their personal choice,” they added. “However, promoting and imposing antibiblical and antitraditional views is unacceptable and leads to the destruction of our society … We pray for the salvation of these people so that the light of Divine Truth enlightens their minds.”


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  • Posted by: Gregory108 - Aug. 15, 2015 5:47 PM ET USA

    There's got to be a better way for Ukraine to deal with its disagreement with the European Union over gay marriage and gay rights than to run to Russia, disappear as a people from the face of the earth,abandon its culture and language, live as slaves forever and abandon its Catholic Church, because the Russian Orthodox Church will not allow it, in essence, to commit national suicide! Ukraine needs to turn to the West because history has shown that Mother Russia is a mean, nasty, horrible mother!

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Aug. 13, 2015 2:29 PM ET USA

    The European Union is not going to accept this kind of talk.