The Russian Orthodox Church has called for an end to the adoption of Russian children by people in “hostile countries”, including those who support LGBT rights and “do not reflect Russian values”.
“It is now only possible to send someone to grow up in a foreign country if that country adheres to the same spiritual and moral values as Russia,” said the Russian Orthodox Exarch for Africa, Metropolitan Leonid ( Gorbachov) of Klin, in a statement. Last weekend.
“While the political views of some friendly countries suit us, the attitude shown in others towards marriage as a union of one man and one woman, and the official endorsement of gay parades and communities aggressive LGBT people, make it impossible to raise an adopted child there.”
Metropolitan Leonid, 53, spoke after a Protestant pastor and gay rights activist, Brent Hawkes, was named among 62 Canadians banned from Russia in retaliation for Ottawa’s sanction in early July, of Patriarch Kirill and others for supporting the invasion. from Ukraine.
A statement from Moscow’s Foreign Ministry said the Canadians, which included government officials, journalists and a Roman Catholic priest, Father Raymond de Souza, had been sanctioned because of their government’s “malicious activities” against the “traditional values” of Russia; these had deliberately offended “not only the multi-ethnic and multi-confessional Russian people, but also Orthodox Christians all over the world”.
Also this weekend, Patriarch Kirill urged Russians to follow the example of communist-era martyrs and avoid “the slackness of modern life, the pluralism of opinions and the lack of moral standards” that prevail. now in the West.
“Perhaps the memory of these new martyrs will help us to remain faithful – not under conditions of persecution, but in the midst of the temptations that ungodly modern civilization brings to bear upon us,” the patriarch told an event memorial in St. Petersburg for Orthodox clergy who were shot after a 1922 show trial.
“Modern liberalism preaches that the highest value is freedom – what you choose is value. to be also to live like that… But when sin puts on fine clothes… a person becomes weak and subject to external influences.
In a survey conducted by the state-run Center for Public Opinion Research, VCIOM, more than 70% of Russians said that public authorities should help “maintain a favorable moral climate in society”, compared to 23% who believed that “morality and ethics belong to the private domain”.