Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev of Volokolamsk, the head of the MP Department for External Church Relations, said that Western countries should follow the example of Russia in imposing a ban on the promotion of non-traditional sexual relations among minors. He said in an interview in Rome with AsiaNews, “I think that the same laws should be enacted in other countries instead of those rules that exist in a number of EU countries, where same-sex couples have the right to adopt children”. According to Vladyki Hilarion, the current Western policy is “self-destructive, because in terms of the demographic crisis, it’s harmful to the family to give such privileges to same-sex unions. In fact, it’s a signature on the death warrant of whole states, on whole nations”. Metropolitan Hilarion said that the activities of Russian legislators could serve as a model for their Western counterparts when one looks at it from this point of view, noting, “The laws that [Russia] has today focus on preserving the gene pool of the nation, on sustaining what we can call our human potential”.
2 September 2013