Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk

October 7, 2013

Churches in Ukraine are opposing expanded freedoms for homosexuals as a precondition for closer ties with the Europe Union.

“Although we don’t create obstacles for these people in their relations with God, our Church speaks in traditional language on issues like this,” said Father Ihor Yatsiv, spokesman for the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

“We haven’t received requests so far for special treatment from homosexuals, and we’ve no plans to introduce any pastoral facilities for them,” he said.

In excerpts from an interview published Sept. 20 on the Eastern Catholic Church’s website, Ukrainian Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych rejected EU calls for greater homosexual rights under a planned Ukraine-EU association agreement.

“We are mistaken if we believe we have to opt for these diseases to attain European prosperity,” Shevchuk said.

“Today, the EU looks like a teenager experiencing the restraints of morality, who needs a Christian education. Europe was not founded on same-sex couples, but on respect for human dignity.”