In questo video il nostro Metropolita, Sua Eminenza Monsignor Armando Theodoro Corino, rivolge un appello alle persone omosseuali e lgbtqia in generale, ricordando loro che Nostro Signore non fa discriminazioni.
Sotto il video, la traduzione in inglese del testo.
After the video, you can find the Speech english translation.
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.