2013-05-21 13:38:00

Patriarch Kirill tells CoE's secretary general same-sex marriage sinful

Moscow, May 21, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church will always insist on the depravity of same-sex "marriages", Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said.

"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," the patriarch said on Tuesday at a meeting with the Council of Europe's Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland.

Patriarch Kirill said that the Russian Orthodox Church was concerned with the fact that "the sin is justified by law for the first time in the entire history of mankind."

The patriarch told Jagland that the Russian Orthodox Church was "very touched" that millions French were opposed to the legalization of same-sex marriage and was "shocked no one listened to the opinions of these millions and the Senate passed this law with several votes."