Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Announcement by the Ecumenical Patriarchate on the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in Greece

The Holy and Sacred Synod, meeting under the presidency of His All-Holiness in its regular session, today, Wednesday, January 24, 2024, reminds the pious flock of the All-Revered Ecumenical Throne, of the discussion regarding the institutionalization of marriage between individuals of the same sex and adoption in Greece, of the binding Decision of the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church (Crete, June 2016), that "the Church does not allow for her members to contract same-sex unions or any other form of cohabitation apart from marriage" which is "the union of man and woman in Christ" and which "constitutes 'a small church' or an icon of the Church" (text "The Mystery of Marriage and Its Impediments", I.10 and 4). It is noted at the same time that the members of the Church who enter into such forms of cohabitation must be treated with pastoral responsibility and love in Christ.

From the Archsecretariat of the Holy and Sacred Synod

Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos.