At this point, all I can say is that I fully support Father Aaron Warwick’s call in Pastoring LGBTQ Individuals in the Orthodox Church for a more open and less ideological discussion of these very important matters.
The discussion needs to be with much less pathos and infinitely less hysteria than has been the case in the past. We no longer argue that the earth is flat, that the sun rotates around the earth, that the earth is the centre of the universe and that the earth is less than 4 billion years old.
We need to discuss other issues—those that affect the lives and well-being of other human beings, since all human beings are “our neighbour” and our brothers and sisters—all in the image and likeness of God, and we all stand together under the shadow of the Cross.
Archbishop Lazar (Puhalo) is a retired hierarch in the Archdiocese of Canada of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), founder of All Saints of North America Monastery in Dewdney BC, and author of On the Neurobiology of Sin. He has written previously for Orthodoxy in Dialogue.
Orthodox bishops, priests, and deacons of any canonical Orthodox jurisdiction are invited to submit articles and letters of support to be published at Orthodoxy in Dialogue. God grant you courage and strength.
See the Warwick Files in our Archives 2020, the Fifty Years after Stonewall section in our Archives 2017-19, and the Sexuality and Gender section in both our Archives 2017-19 and Archives 2020.
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