2009-12-23 15:17:00

Patriarch Kirill believes same sex relationship sinful, but speaks against antigay repressions

Moscow, December 23, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia confirmed position of the Russian Orthodox Church regarding homosexuality.

“We accept any choice a persons makes, including in the field of sexual orientation. It’s a personal choice. However, it doesn’t change our position on the phenomenon,” the Patriarch said at his meeting with General Secretary of the Council of Europe in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.

Patriarch Kirill reminded, “religious traditions of all nations confirm that homosexuality is a sin as well moral disorientation of a person.”

However, a person with homosexual inclinations “shouldn’t be punished, that’s why we’ve always spoken against any repressions and discrimination of people with different sexual orientation.”

“Considering homosexuality a sin, we are categorically against equaling homosexual relations to natural,” the Patriarch further said.