I had no idea that such things were afoot until I was directed to this blog post in the Ochlophobist: “Homosexual activism in and around the Orthodox Church; updates, ephemera…”. It seems that there has been a growing movement in the Finnish Orthodox Church to approve homosexual intercourse, with even the Finish Orthodox Archbishop, Leo Makkonen, saying that:
“registered same-sex couple relationships aren’t a problem in regard with Orthodox laymen; neither do they prevent their full-scale participation in the sacramental life of the Church.”
Finland, of course, is one of those silly place that have brought in a law legally registering same-sex relationships (I don’t know if they call it “marriage” there).
As the Ochlophobists friend, Herman Middleton suggests:
“To my mind [the Finnish Church] seems to be the canary in the coal mine, which makes it particularly significant for us in the States. Today in Finland, tomorrow here…”
Well, to be honest, it would be a problem for the Orthodox Church throughout the world, wouldn’t it? Especially if one of these Autocephalous Churches starts ordaining active homosexuals? How will the Orthodox communion sort this one out? What will it mean for the Catholic Church’s relationship with the Orthodox Churches?