Moscow Patriarchate Statement on Recent Changes in Family Laws in France and Great Britain


A statement by the Russian Orthodox Church on recent legal developments concerning homosexual unions in Western Europe. The ROC holds firmly to the orthodox view of marriage as a union between one man and one woman, a position shared by the overwhelming majority of the World’s Christians including all the Eastern Orthodox churches, and the Roman Catholic Church.


“The legislative norm allowing homosexual unions to adopt and raise children appear especially dangerous. Evidently, these children will develop a view of parents, family and moral and social values completely different from the traditional ones. All this will contribute to further obliteration of differences between the sexes and subsequently to forcing out from public conscience the image of woman as mother, wife and guardian of the household. The final rejection of the idea that man and woman have special vocations and complement each other in family life threatens with destructive consequences for both the individual and society.”


Statement by Communication Service of Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations on recent changes in family laws in France and Great Britain : A Russian Orthodox Church Website.


2 thoughts on “Moscow Patriarchate Statement on Recent Changes in Family Laws in France and Great Britain

  1. Mmm. Dangerous. Er, why? Some people will form gay relationships, most people will still form straight relationships. It is more common, after all.

    I do not care what the Patriarchate says, or the new Pope. So what? And- they want to do other things, or encourage other things, fine, OK, but why should that need to involve preventing me from doing my thing? Are they so terrified, is heterosexuality so fragile?

    • “If God does not exist, then everything is permitted.” – Ivan Karamzov
      (From the Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyesvsky)

      @Clare: The short answer to your statement is that it is not heterosexuality which is so fragile. Christianity teaches that we humans are intrinically weak creatures who fall victim to temptation and then sin. Christianity also teaches that God gave every human free will, but that He has created boundaries delimiting what is good and right from that which is unacceptable to Him. So God gave us this thing we call free will, but it is up to us to exercise self-control so that we don’t violate God’s laws and commandments.

      Sometimes we need to be reminded of this. Many Christians practice Fasting during the Lenten season preceding Easter, which is also called Pascha in the Eastern churches. Fasting in the Eastern churches lasts a whole 40-days before the Easter Sunday. Orthodox Christians also fast every Wednesday and Friday year round. The whole point of fasting is not to “give up” something as I was once taught in the Roman Catholic Church. By fasting we deny ourselves something in order to gain something greater. That something is our self control. In the course of fasting we are then reminded that is is up to us to resist temptation and falling into sin. Sin is a condition which separates us from God.

      If any of this doesn’t make sense, I refer you back to the quotation above.


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