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I wish to remind homosexuals that Jesus walks alongside them!

Interview from Gianni Geraci Guado (homosexuals believers Milan) with
Monsignor Theodore Corino, Bishop.

Recently I had the opportunity to listen to you at a meeting that had
been organized by a group of homosexual believers from Milano and I
was very smitten by your attitude with regard to homosexuality. Rather
than repeat the positions of condemnation, based on a negative vision
of human sexuality, you preferred reminding us of the duty that we
have, that of constructing an authentic spirituality. In what way can
your attitude be included in the Orthodox tradition?

Understand that the Orthodox tradition is not so much that which we
have before our eyes: the meaning of things is in the Messianic
future, because only in that future do things get their light and
foundation. The goal is the origin, and not the origin the goal. If
this is missing, the past is merely the conservation of what is
existing and, with that, one does not get anywhere. The canonic and
dogmatic tradition of the great councils is based on Faith in Christ.
It's incredible! Man pushes away his brother, a man like him, when he
is poor and impure, while the Lord, like a loving mother towards her
son, forgives everything and pushes no sinner away. On the contrary!
He gives him the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, to a homosexual who asks you what must he do to implement
the will of God in his life, you suggest above all that he listen to
his own conscience which is, after all, the place in which the Spirit
of God manifests itself to man?

I would tell him to listen to God who is manifested in Jesus Christ.
He is infinitely meek, compassionate and good. And when the soul knows
him, it stands astonished and exclaims: “What a Lord we have!”. If
even I, despite my unworthiness, can put myself in contact with him, I
believe that anyone can do it! Understand this! I do not think that
homosexuals are different from any other persons: certainly they are
more persecuted and this brings them closer to Him. In my existential
experience with Him, I had the certainty of being completely accepted
and of being fully loved. But I cannot communicate this certainty with
words! Perhaps, to explain myself better, I can say that, more than
acceptance, one should speak of Love, of that very strong and
intoxicating experience which is the discovery of being loved by
Jesus. An experience which, when it happens, one spends the rest of
their life weeping over it.

It seems to me that that which you are proposing to homosexual persons
is more of a spiritual journey than a moral discourse: it is an
evocative choice which, however, runs the risk of not being understood
in a country such as ours, in which religious experience is often
reduced to a series of ethical principles which are obligatory
throughout the life of the believer. Do you not see this danger?

If this were true it would be very serious! To reduce religion to
morality is one of the signs of the Antichrist! The
vetero-testamentary and evangelical ethic is an heteronomous ethic,
that is, it is an ethic that depends on God and is therefore not an
autonomous ethic which depends upon man or his reason. It is necessary
to distinguish the fault from the sin: the fault is what it is because
of a law and laws are often arbitrary and made by men. Biblically, sin
is not doing the will of God and not establishing that which is the
will of God for each single man means not recognizing the mystery
which there is inside each one of us. Jesus does not concern himself
with the proclamation or the realization of new ethical ideals, nor
does he concern himself with proclamations regarding his own goodness
(Mt. 19:17), that which is closest to His heart is love for the actual
man. Therefore he can enter into communion with the fault of men and
to bear upon himself this burden. Jesus does not wish to appear, at
the expense of men, as the only perfect individual, he does not want
to be the only man without fault, who watches with disgust a humanity
which gives into sin, he does not wish that any idea of a new man
triumphs over the ruins of a humanity destroyed through its own fault.
Regarding homosexuality, within Christianity, there have been amassed
accusing moral judgments that have branded the homosexual psychology
and have exasperated behaviours for the worse. The sole ethic that I
feel like recommending is that of the sharing of human suffering,
wherever and however one finds it.

And in light of these reflections on the meaning of the Christian
experience, what would you say to two homosexuals who asked you to
bless their love relationship?

That in general, for the Orthodox instituted church, the time is not
yet right for marriages between persons of the same sex. I would ask
them, however, to help me to sustain other homosexual persons and to
fight against homophobia with activities of support, above all for
those homosexuals who live in difficult situations, such as the
elderly or those who are suffering from loneliness.



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