That's Russian Patriarch Kirill I, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, and he's no shrinking violet. He's brought to our attention today in a piece by John B. Manos at The Bellarmine Forum, entitled "Gay Marriage is ‘A Sign of Apocalypse’: Russian Patriarch Kiril Speaks His Mind." Patriarch Kirill is not one to back away from controversies such as political correctness and hate speech. He takes them on head first. You can read the whole piece by clicking Here. The following is just a bit of Manos:
As indicated above, Patriarch Kirill is not afraid to speak truth to the nonsense of political correctness and "hate speech." He could not be more clear in stating his position and the position of the Church.In America, we are all too familiar with the scene where one person speaks their mind and states an opinion contrary to what others perceive to be the “correct” thing to say. Immediately, that person will be jumped on verbally and accused of being any various number of things, “arrogant,” “intolerant,” or worse, sometimes they accuse the person of hate. Unlike Orwell’s 1984, wherein the State had to bear down on Winston, and unlike Soviet Russia, where there were places where one could speak freely, modern America has perfected the art of turning the general populace into stormtroopers for speech control.It is ironic, in the greek tragedy sense of that word, that to cite St. Paul’s list of sins or the account in Genesis is dubbed “hate speech.” There is no hate in telling someone 2+2=4, but for someone who needs it to be 5, it is hateful, mean, uncharitable, and the rest. Speaking the truth, and speaking one’s mind is punished, not by the State, but by fellow people. For some subjects, such as sodomy, it is dubbed “hate speech” to speak truthfully of it. Yet, St. Paul says that twisting the truths revealed by God into lies is precisely what causes it!So, what does this mean to turn God’s truth into a lie, create a society where truth cannot be spoken, and where man is worshipped but not God? According to Patriarch Kiril, it is a sign of the Apocalypse.
Here's the quote:
“If people choose this lifestyle, it is their right, but the responsibility of the Church is to say that it is a sin before God”. (It) is not the fact of the existence of this sin – it has always existed. But we are deeply concerned that for the first time in the history of the human race sin is being justified by law. This opens up the prospect of a dangerous development, which will contribute to the moral degradation of society.”