Greece, May 3, 2022
A number of priests of the Church of Greece have addressed the country’s Prime Minister, calling on him not to raise the issue of legalizing the so-called “third gender” for discussion in Parliament.
The text of the appeal was published on April 30 by Ekklisia Online and other Greek outlets.
According to media reports, the first steps towards the recognition of the “third gender” were taken by Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, which added “other” to the gender options on training center application forms, reports Orthodox Life. The current “Say Yes!” campaign is also actively pushing for “marriage equality” in Greece.
“Small minorities, well organized and having broad access to both print and electronic forms of mass media, have been pushing government and parties for years to legally recognize their sexual deviations,” seven priests write to PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Even Christians with a casual relationship with the Church know that God created two sexes, and there is no third, the letter reads.
“According to the natural order established by God, a man is attracted to a woman, and a woman is attracted to a man. This attraction opens the way to marriage, which in the Christian Church is considered the ‘Great Sacrament,’ the secret of love, the source and cradle of human life and the path leading spouses and their children to Christian perfection,” the priests write.
The Church considers the family to be a little home church, and therefore, “it’s quite natural that the Church wuldn’t accept any union apart from a blessed Christian marriage.”
Homosexuality and such sexual sins are “according to the Apostle Paul, a grave, mortal carnal sin, which, if the person who committed it doesn’t repent, excludes him from the Kingdom of God,” the priests write.
The Church cannot compromise with sin, but patiently prays for the return of its children, they emphasize.
Recall that in December 2015, Greek Parliament legalized civil partnerships for gay couples, and in October 2017, it adopted the “On the Legal Recognition of Gender Identity” law, allowing anyone 15 or older to change their gender by written declaration.