Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill said that the Orthodox Church will never recognize same-sex marriages adding that in this sense, the Western church is “quite vulnerable.”
“Here’s a simple thing: the Orthodox Church does not agree and will never agree with the newfangled idea concerning marital relations – we call cohabitation, which is now practised by people of the same sex, a separate sin,” the Patriarch said.
Earlier, the Vatican banned the blessing of same-sex marriages in Catholic churches. The decision was made after requests from a number of bishops, who reported that in the dioceses entrusted to them, many priests privately began to practice a similar procedure.
Later, the head of the Catholic Church stated that the ban on the wedding of homosexuals does not mean that God has turned away from them noting that homosexual couples can count on the support of the state “in hereditary and health issues.”
“Marriage is a sacrament, that’s clear, and the church has no authority to change the sacraments. But people of a different sexual orientation need to be helped, it is important to help without changing the nature of the church,” the Head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, said.