To the President of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Nicolae Timofti,
To the Interim Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Mrs. Liliana Palihovici,
To the Interim Prime-Minister of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Iurie Leancă
Dear Mr. President,
Dear Mrs. Interim Speaker,
Dear Mr. Interim Prime-Minister,
Following the extraordinary meeting of the Synod of the Orthodox Church of Moldova, called in response to increasingly obvious attempts against the Christian morality and social behaviour, under the Anti-discrimination Law that comes to propagate the vice of homosexuality as a norm of behaviour and life, the Metropolis of Chisinau and All Moldova comes up to support the Christian family and values, based on which it has existed for centuries, perpetuating our nation.
Thus, the members of the Holy Synod of the OCM stated the following:
According to Holy Scripture that says: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination” (Leviticus, the third book of Moses, Chapter 18, verse 22), homosexuality is a phenomenon that is unacceptable and repulsive in the Christian teaching.
Homosexuality is severe threat to the demographic security of the nation that can ultimately cause depopulation of the country and condemnation of its souls.
The intention of the LGBT community in Moldova to organize a march of homosexuals appears as severe insult against the Orthodox Christians of the Republic of Moldova that make up over 90% of the country’s population. Thus, the insistence of the homosexuals to organize public events, as well as the readiness of the authorities in this sense, or at least their tacit approval, leads to the idea of dictatorship of a minority against the majority, which is unacceptable and alarming.
At the same time, the clergy and the laity of the Orthodox Church of Moldova are stupefied of double standards of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova that, adopting the Anti-discrimination law, assured the public opinion that this law will not provide any public rights to sexual minorities in our country (gay prides, adoptions, and marriages), however, at even less then a year after the Law was adopted, allows a gay pride in public places, right in the heart of the Country.
We also underline that the Law on public meetings, No. 26 of 22.02.2008., Art. 8, par. C, clearly forbids any meetings intended to undermine national security or territorial integrity of the country, commit crimes, violate public order, organize mass unrests, or break standards of public morality.
Consequently, public morality or Christian morality referred to in the mentioned law is a solid reason, based on which the Mayoralty of Chisinau municipality can ban any march or public actions of sexual minorities.
In the situation created, we are firmly convinced that the Orthodox Church of Moldova has the right to express today, 19th May 2013, in a peaceful and civilized manner, discontent with all attempts of moral corruption of the society and defiance of moral principles, and to firmly protect the Christian tradition, in order to ensure a secure present and worthy future for the coming generation, as “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matthew 24, 35).
Taking into account these circumstances, we express our regret for the fact that before the adoption of this law, we didn’t rise the fullness of the Church, being mislead by the promises that proved in the end empty and without any cover.
We also mention that we will follow with increased attention the unfolding of the events, so that, in case if the Law is not abrogated within one month, the Orthodox Church of Moldova, in all its fullness, will actively protest for the stopping of the laws that fragrantly oppose common sense and Christian principles.
In the name of the Synod of the Orthodox Church of Moldova,
MITROPOLITAN OF CHISINAU AND ALL MOLDOVA