MINNEAPOLIS: Presbyterian gay measures criticized by visiting (Orthodox) priest

HT: Virtue Online

July 09, 2010

An Orthodox Church theologian who was invited to greet the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has criticized its approval of non-celibate gay and lesbian clergy.

The Reverend Siarhei Hardun of Belarus said that vote and efforts to approve gay marriage looked to him like an attempt to “invent a new religion — a sort of modern paganism.”

Hardun added, “When people say that they are led and guided by the Holy Spirit to do it, I wonder if it is the same Holy Spirit that inspired the Bible.”

The Orthodox priest’s remarks drew applause from conservative Presbyterians who made similar arguments at the gathering in Minneapolis.



  1. SubDn. Lucas :

    Excellent; this is proper ecumenism. Thank God for Orthodox Christians who speak the truth in love.

  2. George Michalopulos :

    Amen. I’m wondering why this is not getting more press from Orthodox sources.

  3. George,

    Are you actually wondering, or are you ‘wondering’ along the lines of why there is a ‘no smoking’ sign in fireworks stores?

  4. He should team up with Coptic Orthodox Bishop Anba Suriel.

    Thanks for giving some press to these stories, and the Lord bless these two men!

Care to Comment?