The Russian Orthodox Church called the Greek criminal law on sex-change 15 years

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotoreceptori Hilarion of Volokolamsk. Archival photoThe Russian Orthodox Church called the Greek criminal law on sex-change 15 years© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva the image Bank

The law on the legalization of sex change from the age of 15, adopted by the Greek Parliament, is «a crime before God and people» and will see numerous protests of believers, the head of the Department for external Church relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

«I think that the Greek Church will openly Express their opinion, their protest, which is happening now. In some dioceses in protest bells ringing, the Archbishop and many bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church has opposed the government in light of the adoption of this law,» — said the Hierarch in the program «Church and world» on TV channel «Russia 24».

According to him, people are taught that if they feel the other sex, they «not only have the right to such self-awareness, and physicians should provide them with this assistance.» «In this case we are talking about a young 15-year-old young men and women, which may then change your mind,» said the Bishop.

The activities of the Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras, in the opinion of the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church, contrary to the opinion of most Greeks and the foundations of religious tradition, which for centuries adhered to the Greek people.

Metropolitan Hilarion recalled that the Greek leader had earlier met with the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill and Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Hieronymus II, after which he expressed a desire to go to mount Athos, but admitted there was not.

«Mr Tsipras, despite the fact that is the Prime Minister of an Orthodox state, doesn’t hide his atheistic beliefs and also does not hide that for him religion means nothing,» said the Hierarch.