Hieromonk Ignaty (Shestakov) – October 2014
In his recent interview with the journalists of Vesti newspaper Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral stressed that the attitude of the Church towards the so-called “gay parades” remains unchangeable.
“The opinion of the Church cannot be different. This is what has probably not been expressed yet: such parades, if we take a deeper look, are parades of death. It is a suicidal impulse that is behind them. The way they appear and the time when they appear indicate that there is something more serious behind them. There is the aspiration for power behind the form of their organization. This form brings violence, though at first sight it is not evident,” the metropolitan emphasized.
In the hierarch’s view, it is no coincidence that “gay pride parades” go well with the tendencies of modern globalism and building of the new world order. The archpastor stresses that the essence of this movement, developed on the foundation of American civilization, is not life, but death.
“In reality, this is the order which to a certain degree is based on the same principles as Nazism or Communism… For, in this new order man has become the criterion of all things… And the most terrible thing is that in the name of human rights, as it was with legalization of abortions, the human beings themselves are destroyed. In the end man is subject to self-destruction. So, I say, these are the parades of death, and the Church by its existence, its life, roots and goals is the parade of life,” Metropolitan Amfilohije notes.
Since the early 2000s the idea of holding “gay parades” has, by using unprecedented pressure, been implanted in the minds of citizens of Serbia and Montenegro. In both countries various “gay festivals” and manifestations take place from time to time in spite of the negative attitude to them by the overwhelming majority of the population and protest actions.