Any surprise Ukraine’s Orthodox Church is acting like a toddler over Elton John‘s purported adoption of an HIV-positive baby there? The singer, who for once had something non-bratty to tell reporters, hasn’t made any official in-roads to adopt the 14-month-old Lev he met during a visit to an orphanage, but already a government official declared Elton too old, and too gay, to qualify for adoption.
Now enter the Donetsk Diocese of the Orthodox Church, which reached a similar conclusion. Says Father Georgy Gulyaev: “The Church is strictly against same-sex marriages and the damage they cause. It’s written in Holy Scriptures that homosexual marriage and relations is a sin. It is a sin, it is against nature, and it represents the dead end of human development. People pretend to have good intentions, create semi-marriages and so-called families, and moreover they dare to adopt children. Unlike people who are blessed by God to create natural families, these are people who succumb to their passions. This is definitely a sin, there is no other word for it, and the church will never agree that people who have created same-sex ‘marriage’ could also dare to adopt children. This applies to all, including Elton John. He is a sinner.”
But isn’t it the position of nearly every religion that we are all sinners? Despite our good intentions?