I am affraid that the text of your link does not contain the FULL text of the Archbishops statement which after publicity and complaints has been "shortened" the original text goes liek thisOrest said:I see from the archives that this topic has been discussed last year in 2008 with Theoprovlitos starting the thread with unfounded accusations.
From last year's post, I think this article mentioned by someone from Finland is important. The writer states that the head of the Finnish Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Leo maintains the traditional orthodox stance:
Archbishop Leo Denies Gay Priests can Live together.
Arkkipiispa Leo: "Ortodoksipappi ei voi elää rekisteröidyssä parisuhteessa"
That interview practically says that an orthodox priest cannot live in a homosexual relationship. Furthermore, His Grace ( is this the correct title? ) has said earlier that the homosexual relationships are not part of the Orthodox Tradition. It seems that the heretical gay mafia has had quite a little success in it's manipulation.
The registration of parishioners as same-sex couples does not constitute a problem, according to Archbishop Leo.
[Note: In Finland, in order to officially belong to any church whatsoever, you need to register.]
"To anyone who wishes to participate in parishional and liturgical life, no questions are asked about their family status.”
According to Leo, socio-ethical issues are to a large degree a matter of culture.
"Especially in Eastern Europe, the Church leaderships are obliged to maintain a balance, on account of the demands of noisy extremist fundamentalist organizations. Among these circles, liberalism is not fashionable.”
(this is obviously an insult towards other churches and nations since among those noisy, extremist, fundamentalists happen to be the Heads of several Orthodox Churches, to begin with the Patriarch of Mosow)
According to Leo, the Orthodox Church is very careful when handling matters pertaining to homosexuality."
Those who are registered as a couple with a person of the same sex cannot be accepted in the ranks of priesthood. But for associates and workers from the laity, we do not place the same criteria."
Which practically means acceptance and moral justification of homosexual marriages and full participation gay marreid couples in Church liturgical life without any problem and even as workers of the Church. In other words a woman may work in the morning as the bishop's secretary and at night as a whore without a problem!
And yet 6 months later here is the program of the Ecumenist Gay Conference Organized by the Ecumensit Gay group Yhteys with the particiaption of several priests and the Bishop of Helsinki Ambrosius
"Can male priest love and live with a man? Discussion with an introduction by an orthodox priest working in southern Finland." I bet their answer is YES. And do I know that priest!
And here some more from the very same conference where the Orthodox FULLY particiapate with the blessings of the local Bishop who was/is going to particiapte in the conference.
Transition in a church context: theology, community and roles of sex and gender in Christian life. Non-trans people welcome too!
Eeva Järvinen is a Lutheran pastor, a trans feminist theologian who delights in God and in the world He has created. Her particular favourite theological subjects are God's limitless love for people, His infinite patience with humans (which she does not share, unfortunately), sanctification of God's children and our role as God's warm hands here in the world. She earns her living as an IT and communications specialist, as her bishop is not too keen on trans women and even less on lesbian priests who marry other lesbians. Computers and other people don't seem to mind, and she's hoping the bishops will come to their senses finally, too.
What worries me is this
As you can see A LOT can happen within 6 months since last November, and obviously to the worse.