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Romania Orthodox Church denounces homosexuality
« on: July 23, 2003, 06:58:10 PM »
Romania Orthodox Church denounces homosexuality

By Roxana Dascalu

BUCHAREST (Reuters) -- Romania’s Orthodox Church, which condemns homosexuality as a sin, said on Wednesday it would petition parliament against moves to decriminalise gay sex as legislators seek to align laws to European Union norms.

"Our Church does not say a sexual minority should be sent to jail," Archbishop Nifon said after a two-day meeting of senior Orthodox clerics, whose discussions included the issue of homosexuality. "But we must speak out loudly against sin."

Nifon said the gathering of the country’s Orthodox Church leaders, called "The Holy Synod," had decided to urge parliament not to remove the controversial "article 200," which incriminates homosexuality, from the penal code.

"Everybody should know that homosexuality is a sin against religious, and against family and social values, which are at the core of our Church," Archbishop Casian told the joint news conference with Nifon.

The Orthodox Church, which claims the allegiance of 87 percent of Romanians, insists that homosexuality, which has been illegal in Romania since 1968, runs counter to Christian values.

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Re:Romania Orthodox Church denounces homosexuality
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2003, 07:20:03 PM »
Glad to see this, though I'm sure many will misunderstand.
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Re:Romania Orthodox Church denounces homosexuality
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2003, 07:03:10 PM »
God bless the Romanian Church and her Archbishop!
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Re:Romania Orthodox Church denounces homosexuality
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2003, 04:49:22 PM »
"The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny--it is the light that guides your way." - Heraclitus

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Re:Romania Orthodox Church denounces homosexuality
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2003, 09:05:40 PM »
And on the flipside...

NYC to open public high school for gays :(

Terrible.

I am wondering how they can do such things and get the taxpayers to foot the bill.
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Re:Romania Orthodox Church denounces homosexuality
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2003, 09:29:04 PM »
I haven't read the article yet, so perhaps I'm asking a question that is answered by it, but how do you have a "public" high school *for gays*?  Isn't that just another private school?