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The controversy sparked by the statement of Metropolitan of Morphou on homosexuality has provoked a furious reaction of Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus.
“I believe that it has gone much too far. I want the Church to be able to have an opinion. Many have gone too far and such behaviour is unacceptable. This is not the culture of our people,” said the Archbishop of Cyprus.
He further pointed out that “I do not think the Church can be silent about these situations. It is now time to pour oil on troubled waters. Our people are religious. We do not interfere in everyone’s private lives, we all love them but they have to respect the Church, our Creator, and not to blaspheme,” he said.
The Archbishop went on to say that the Church was present. He added that the Church was afraid of no one, and that would not settle for less.
Asked about the position of the Church of Cyprus on the Ukrainian issue, the Archbishop stressed, among other things, “We take a strong stance, we want Orthodoxy to be united and we are working to avoid any division.”
The Primate of the Church of Cyprus also said, “We have taken the first step. We met various head of Orthodox Churches and we realized that the Ecumenical Patriarch did not want that.”
“The Church of Cyprus did not say that we recognized or we did not recognize. We are neutral, and we want to have good relations with everyone,” added the Archbishop of Cyprus.