Bulgarian Bishop: Gay Parade Stands for Depravity, Shame

Society | June 26, 2010, Saturday // 16:32| Views: | Comments: 26
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Bishop: Gay Parade Stands for Depravity, Shame Plovdiv Bishop Nikolay (left) has declared the Sofia Pride gay parade an epitome of depravity and sin. Photo by BGNES

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church is praying for the “repentance” and “sobering up” of the participants in the Sofia Pride gay parade, said Saturday in a sermon Plovdiv Bishop Nikolay.

Nikolay, who is the youngest of all Bulgarian bishops, condemned the third Sofia gay parade as an expression of depravity and sin.

“God's scripture says that these are death sins, it is shameful to even talk about them, not to mention demonstrating them in such an overt way in the downtown of the capital before the eyes of the moral people and children. Let's watch out to protect our children from the depravity, sin, and evil,” declared the bishop.

“Our law is the Bible. As we can see European laws contradict Christian laws to a great extent. The Holy Church can give people the way to counteract against this spiritual virus,” he said shortly before the taking place of the 3rd annual gay pride parade in Sofia.

Plovdiv Bishop Nikolay is known for his hardline statements, including claiming that the holding of the 2009 concert in Sofia of US pop star Madonna caused God to punish the Bulgarian nation with the sinking of a tourist boat in the Ohrid Lake a few days later, in which 15 Bulgarian tourists perished.

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#26
DrFaust - 28 Jun 2010 // 10:13:13

"A Bulgarian priest can get married any time he wants. There is no requirements for celibacy."

The is the requirement for celibacy for the high clergy in the orthodox church. A married priest can only act as a parish priest, but never in a higher position of the church.

#25
NellieotAmerica - 28 Jun 2010 // 00:30:24

Bill

Yes, that would make sense. A monk gets married, then he gets ordained. I never knew the details of Orthodox priest marriage. I just learned something today. Interesting.

Another thing I learned recently is that you are not allowed to be cremated if you want an Orthodox funeral. They only bury bodies, never ashes.

#24
NellieotAmerica - 28 Jun 2010 // 00:22:38

Bul

Yes, so it would seem. JKS and Google and you can't all be wrong. However, the priest I am talking about was an Orthodox priest. Maybe he just never told his boss in Bulgaria what was going on in New York. Come to think of it, he got replaced with another priest whom the New York congregation did not like. The new priest was a communist douche bag. lol

#23
Bill - 28 Jun 2010 // 00:19:44

Bul:

I met a Russian Orthodox monk once, and he got married. His version of it was that priests can't marry, but monks can.

#22
NellieotAmerica - 28 Jun 2010 // 00:18:24

JKS

"With the exception of bishops, who remain celibate, the Orthodox Church has always allowed priests and deacons to be married, provided the marriage takes place before ordination. In general it is considered preferable for parish priests to be married as they often act as counsel to married couples and thus can draw on their own experience. Unmarried priests usually are monks and live in monasteries, though there are occasions when, because of a lack of married priests, a monk-priest is temporarily assigned to a parish. Widowed priests and deacons may not remarry and it is common for such members of the clergy to retire to a monastery (see clerical celibacy). This is also true of widowed wives of clergy, who do not remarry and become nuns when their children are grown."

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#20
BULERICAN - 28 Jun 2010 // 00:09:11

Author: NellieotAmerica, 27 Jun 2010 23:48:47
Bulgarian Bishop: Gay Parade Stands for Depravity, Shame

"Not all priests are married. And if you are ordained before you are married you must remain celibate."

Nonsense! A Bulgarian priest can get married any time he wants. There is no requirements for celibacy. I know priests who got married, divorced, and remarried. lol

NELLIE,
A BG priest can indeed get married anytime he wants - provided he is anything but Orthodox or Catholic.

Marriage for an Orthodox priest can ONLY be done before ordination, PERIOD. no exceptions.

Marriage for a Catholic Priest is possible provided he is from the Uniates, and again ONLY prior to ordination.

So your priest that got married, divorced and remarried must be protestant or some other confession.

#19
NellieotAmerica - 28 Jun 2010 // 00:05:18

JKS

Google says Orthodox priests can't marry after they are ordained. I never heard this. There was a Bulgarian priest in New York whose wife ran away with another man and he remarried. lol

#18
JKS - 27 Jun 2010 // 23:55:41

"otherwise they will think you are a stupid, naive American."

maybe I am ;)

#17
JKS - 27 Jun 2010 // 23:54:16

"Nonsense! A Bulgarian priest can get married any time he wants. There is no requirements for celibacy. I know priests who got married, divorced, and remarried. lol"

Everything I have ever studied in regards to Orthodox theology says you are wrong, but I am only 99% sure so...

Not that google is the best source for theological education but try googling it and let me know what you find.

#16
NellieotAmerica - 27 Jun 2010 // 23:54:11

JKS

"I am however deeply aware and considerate of the fact that I am a guest in BG and try to be (maybe overly) considerate."

Yes, I think you are overly considerate and the Bulgarians think that you are a push-over. You have to stand your ground, otherwise they will think you are a stupid, naive American.

#15
NellieotAmerica - 27 Jun 2010 // 23:48:47

"Not all priests are married. And if you are ordained before you are married you must remain celibate."

Nonsense! A Bulgarian priest can get married any time he wants. There is no requirements for celibacy. I know priests who got married, divorced, and remarried. lol

#14
JKS - 27 Jun 2010 // 23:43:20

I don't know, what do YOU think? Do you think that you are so eager to be politically correct that you have no personality and opinions of your own left, only PC puke?

Nellie,

I do have opinions, personality though...you could be right.

I am however deeply aware and considerate of the fact that I am a guest in BG and try to be (maybe overly) considerate.

My "PCness" comes from the fact that i don't want my points to be sidetracked by my bad and truly misunderstood sense of humor. ( that doesn't mean i can't appreciate your lack of PC from this side of the monitor though, well some of the time anyways...)

"There is no child abuse in orthodox Christianity because priests are married. They abuse their wives. lol"

Not all priests are married. And if you are ordained before you are married you must remain celibate.

#13
NellieotAmerica - 27 Jun 2010 // 23:04:49

JKS

There is no child abuse in orthodox Christianity because priests are married. They abuse their wives. lol

Abuse is rampant where the priesthood is relegated to life-long celibacy. Testosterone will not be suppressed. When it is, sexual perversions start to manifest themselves.

#12
NellieotAmerica - 27 Jun 2010 // 22:59:21

JKS

"I hope I didn't come across as "bashing" Orthodoxy.
Also hope I don't come across as patronizing.
am I groveling...?"

I don't know, what do YOU think? Do you think that you are so eager to be politically correct that you have no personality and opinions of your own left, only PC puke?

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