ORTHODOX CHURCH-ORTHODOX CATHOLICATE OF THE EAST
DIOCESE OF DELHI
The unabashed glee and excitement shown by homosexuals on hearing the verdict of the Delhi high court are out of context because the high court verdict is not the last word on this issue. There are so many hurdles to be overcome before it finds a place in the law book. There is Supreme Court where the verdict can be challenged and it is only on the basis of that verdict, it will be sure whether the amendment to the Section 377 of the constitution is to be introduced in the parliament or not. The hilarious dancing’s and musings in the present context are not in order. The Indian Orthodox Church believes that homosexuality is unethical and ungodly because it is un biblical and hurts the moral consciousness of the nations. I heard the opinion of one supporter of homosexuality that it is not true to say that it is against the true values followed by our nations. The founding fathers of our constitution had inserted this clause making the homosexuality a crime was certainly based on the then prevalent moral customs and traditions. That means our moral concept has been strongly opposing the homosexuality.
One supporter has gone to the extent of saying that it was Christianity which alone opposes this. Homosexuality with the consent of Adults is not a right as the homosexuals think. A thief who steals because he is not rich enough to sustain his family will not be allowed to steal on the base that it is his right to live. Similarly a ripper cannot go and kill the people on the plea that it is his right to kill. If homosexuality is held as a part of human rights, then there will be no crime that humanity can oppose. I would like to reiterate on behalf of the Indian orthodox church that after due consultation with other sister churches, especially the Catholic Church, we will question the verdict in the Supreme Court.Family, the basic unit of the society is a sacred concept. Sex between the husband and wife is with the mutual understanding of the society and it is for the continuity of the human generation. As shakesphere says in one of his dramas that the purpose of the sex is “for the world has to be peopled in”. It is for this sex is allowed. And no other form of sex is permissible. The homosexuality is a disease that has to be properly counseled and treated. It is not a right of the individual to sex with the people of the same sex. It disdains, derides and ridicules the basic concept of the family.
Job Mar Philoxenos
Metropolitan of the Diocese of Delhi