By Miloš Mitrović – Belgrade
Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC) Patriarch Irinej said that “nowadays nothing is so endangered as matrimony and family which are being systematically destroyed especially by encouraging so-called Pride Parades”.
Pride Parade in Belgrade is scheduled for Saturday, September 28th. Organizing such an manifestation and promotion of gay rights as well are the preconditions for the accession of Serbia into European Union.
On Monday, Patriarch Irinej, along with SOC Bishops, celebrated the Liturgy in Sremska Mitrovica, ancient city of Sirmium, commemorating 17 centuries since acquiring rights of free practice of religion by Edict of Milan. “This year the continuation of spiritual renaissance is expected and struggle for the values and sanctites such as matrimony and family as well”, Patriarch emphasized.
He added that the “life would have lost its sense without this sanctities”. Several thousands people attended the commemoration in Sremska Mitrovica.
“Our people is pressured by so many troubles and we do not need this scourge (Pride Parade) in addition”, Patriarch said. “It seems that could be the very last step before eradication of our people from the face of Earth now and forever”.
“The family is the foundation of both society and the people. Healthy family is a basis for healthy society, healthy people, healthy educational system and healthy culture. The family is a small Church and the place of true freedom; the family represents the elementary school for studying all true, ethical and spiritual values”, Patriarch stressed. “We are obliged to protect this values with all our strength”.
“The time has come for both the Church and the Government to do something for the sake of life, to raise the birth-rate”, Serbian Patriarch concluded.
Earlier this month, the EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom has sent a letter o the Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić in which she stressed that the 2013 Belgrade Pride would be “an important step in Serbia’s progress toward EU membership by guaranteeing the principles of equality and non-discrimination”. Malmstrom called on the authorities in Serbia to ensure all necessary conditions for a peaceful Pride. She also has sent a letter of support to organizers of the Pride, thus joining many foreign embassies in Serbia and international organizations in requesting that the LGBT community’s freedom of assembly should be fully respected.