“An industry of deception”: Russian Church preparing document on pastoral care for transsexuals

Moscow, April 12, 2021


“The sex change industry is an industry of deception,” His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk told RIA-Novosti on Saturday, commenting on the Russian Orthodox Church’s decision to prepare a special document on the topic.

The Russian Church cannot accept so-called “sex changes” under any circumstances, the Chairman of the Department of External Church Relations said, no matter what psychologists, surgeons, and other specialists may say.

To develop the document, a separate working group “with the involvement of competent experts” will be created under the auspices of the Commission on theology and Theological Education of the Inter-Council Presence of the Russian Orthodox Church, headed by Met. Hilarion.

“The position of the Russian Orthodox Church on so-called ‘sex changes’ is expressed in the Basis of the Social Concept document. This position is not subject to revision. The Church cannot accept a ‘sex change’ under any circumstances,” His Eminence said.

The Basis of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church, adopted by the Council of Bishops in 2000, states:

Sometimes perverted human sexuality is manifested in the form of the painful feeling of one’s belonging to the opposite sex, resulting in an attempt to change one’s sex (transsexuality). One’s desire to refuse the sex that has been given him or her by the Creator can have pernicious consequences for one’s further development. “The change of sex” through hormonal impact and surgical operation has led in many cases not to the solution of psychological problems, but to their aggravation, causing a deep inner crisis. The Church cannot approve of such a “rebellion against the Creator” and recognize as valid the artificially changed sexual affiliation. If “a change of sex” happened in a person before his or her Baptism, he or she can be admitted to this Sacrament as any other sinner, but the Church will baptize him or her as belonging to his or her sex by birth. The ordination of such a person and his or her marriage in church are inadmissible (XII.9).

According to Met. Hilarion, “it is obvious that there is no sex change in reality,” and “a crippling operation can only change some of the secondary sexual characteristics of a person, but it cannot turn a woman into a full-fledged man or a man into a full-fledged woman.”

“The sex change industry is an industry of deception, involving psychologists, psychiatrists, sexologists, endocrinologists, and plastic surgeons,” Met. Hilarion says. Such operations have been performed in Russia for decades, since Soviet times, the Metropolitan noted.

The new document will not concern any changes in the Church’s position, but rather “various aspects of the pastoral care for persons suffering from the mental disorder, which in modern language is called ‘gender dysphoria.’”

“How can the Church help such people? And what can the Church present to oppose gender ideology, one of the points of which is the idea that the biological sex of a person may not coincide with his self-perception? These are the questions that will be answered in the document,” His Eminence concluded.

Unfortunately, officials in Georgia have capitulated to pressure from the LGBT lobby. On March 25, for the first time ever, the Tbilisi Civil Registry Service of the Agency for the Development of Public Services of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia issued official documents recognizing a man as a woman.

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Basil4/14/2021 7:31 pm
Read the book The Transgender Industrial Complex. This goes very deep.
Utrecht4/12/2021 11:04 pm
The abuse and degradation of children is a "cash cow" for Planned Parenthood*1. HIV patients represent about 250,000 per lifetime*2. Do not think these cold butchers of humans care anything for young confused brainwashed children with stupid parent being led by their noses by the high priests of "experts" on television and the "woke" theology they worship as sacred. Teen Vogue, who promotes this, says it costs 1500 / month for just hormones (not withstanding irreversible removing or disfiguring of gentialia). The LGBT push is done by big pharma companies and billionaires*4 Lord have mercy on them. With an average life span of HALF of women and men*3, one can expect a lifetime for these companies of about 500,000 dollars, for <1% of the population being led to butchery. If these who do not know they worship the enemy increase that to an actual % point, they represent billions in profit. *1 https://thefederalist.com/2021/02/11/employee-trans-identifying-kids-are-cash-cows-for-planned-parenthood/ The Planned Parenthood clinic where she worked was located in a small town of roughly 30,000. Abortions were the clinic’s “bread and butter,” something this employee fully supports. But, she noted, “trans identifying kids are cash cows, and they are kept on the hook for the foreseeable future in terms of follow-up appointments, bloodwork, meetings, etc., whereas abortions are (hopefully) a one-and-done situation.” Most interesting to me was the fact that, according to the employee, the girls would often arrive to the clinic with a group of friends. (For what other medical treatments do girls arrive with peer group in tow?) It smacked more of the gleeful trips teen girls once took to the mall for ear piercings than the sober medical treatment of a genuine mental health disorder. Abigail Shrier is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and the author of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters. She holds an A.B. from Columbia College, where she received the Euretta J. Kellett Fellowship; a B.Phil. from the University of Oxford, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Irreversible Damage is available here *2 https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-is-the-lifetime-cost-of-hiv-49641 *3 https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/publications/age-trans-individuals-us/ 1500 / month hormones (no surgeries included) 18,000 / year Life expectancy 40, so using 30 years as baseline Lifetime "earnings" for these pharmaceutical and doctors, 540,000 *4 https://www.wnd.com/2020/06/meet-billionaires-behind-lgbt-movement/ Jon Stryker is the grandson of Homer Stryker, an orthopedic surgeon who founded the Stryker Corporation. Based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Stryker Corporation sold $13.6 billion in surgical supplies and software in 2018. Jon, heir to the fortune, is gay. In 2000 he created the Arcus Foundation, a nonprofit serving the LGBT community, because of his own experience coming out as homosexual. Arcus has given more than $58.4 million to programs and organizations doing LGBT-related work between 2007 and 2010 alone, making it one of the largest LGBT funders in the world. Stryker gave more than $30 million to Arcus himself in that three-year period, through his stock in Stryker Medical Corporation.
pvm4/12/2021 10:42 pm
Thank you Herman.
Herman4/12/2021 6:00 pm
Metropolitan Hilarion here quotes from the Basis of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church document, adopted by the Jubilee Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church on August 15, 2000, citing it as an authority on this matter and stating that it is not "subject to revision." What about this section of the same document? - “The Church considers the use of the methods of so-called fetal therapy, which is based on the removal and use of tissues and organs of human embryos, aborted at different stages of development, to try to treat various diseases and“ rejuvenate” the body. Condemning abortion as a mortal sin, the Church cannot find excuse for it even if someone might receive health benefits from the destruction of a conceived human life. Inevitably contributing to an even wider spread and commercialization of abortion, such a practice (even if its effectiveness, currently hypothetical, would be scientifically proven) is an example of flagrant immorality and is criminal in nature.” Is this also authoritative, and not "subject to revision"? Well at this point it is NOT subject to revision, and therefore binding on the Church. So why does Metropolitan Hilarion violate this document, and promote the experimental vaccine Sputnik V by publicly urging Christians to receive this drug, which despite what Gintzberg says, DOES in fact contain aborted fetal cells and their DNA? Furthermore, the document "Fundamentals of the Teaching of the Russian Orthodox Church on Human Dignity, Freedom and Rights", adopted by the Council of Bishops on June 28, 2008, once again emphasizes the inadmissibility of using human embryos in medicine: "...it is unacceptable to normalize immoral and inhuman actions towards a person, such as abortion, euthanasia, the use of human embryos in medicine, experiments that change the nature of a person, and the like." I would like to understand Metropolitan Hilarion's criteria for accepting or rejecting certain sections of one and the same Synodal document, if at all possible...
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