MOSCOW, July 6, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A high ranking bishop in the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC, also known as the Moscow Patriarchate) has declared that refusing to accept an experimental vaccine against COVID-19 constitutes a “sin” for which people must spend the rest of their lives repenting.
Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev, the titular Metropolitan of Volokolamsk and chairman of the Department of External Church Relations for the ROC made the statement as part of an interview with Russia 24, a state-run televised news channel in Russia. The metropolitan explained his position, stating that “the sin is to think about yourself but not to think about the other person,” implying a moral obligation of vaccinating against COVID-19 for the common good. “We must now think of others first,” the bishop added, without making any distinction between accepting vaccines which are developed in connection with abortion and those which are not throughout the interview.
The bishop stressed that individual members of the faithful “are responsible — each of us — not only for ourselves and not only for our loved ones, but also for all those who come into contact with us” when it comes to limiting the spread of the novel coronavirus. He went as far as to urge that “anything that contributes to the spread of the virus has to be temporarily suspended.”
The Russian government has recently begun implementing coercive measures on citizens to take their internally developed Sputnik V jab by ordering some employers to have over half of their staff vaccinated or face fines. In addition, Moscow authorities have demanded hospitality providers to only serve vaccinated individuals (or those who can prove they are otherwise immune), according to a report in The Telegraph.
The report details that in the wake of such impositions, some Russians hesitant to take the vaccine have been seeking falsified COVID vaccine documentation to bypass restrictions without having to submit themselves to the experimental jabs. Hilarion indicated disgust for the forging of COVID vaccine documents, declaring that “every person who forges a [vaccine] document, he becomes a potential killer of other people.” He advocated for such people to spend time “behind bars.”
Hilarion described “a lot of people” approaching him “who have lost their loved ones because of their carelessness, because of their negligence, because someone propagandized them, because they were confident in their own health … now they’re suffering from remorse.”
“All your life, you have to make up for the sin you committed,” Hilarion advised, adding his own suggestion that “the rule should be that if you don’t want to get vaccinated, stay home and don’t go out.”
In answer to a question from a viewer on the increasingly publicized harms of the newly developed COVID vaccines, Hilarion responded that he does not recognize any problems arising from the jabs, deeming so-called vaccine hesitancy “stupid.” “I think what we all need to do now is to put our private opinions aside and to listen to what the authorities say and what the medical authorities say,” he lectured.
Further praising the vaccine program, the bishop added that because of COVID vaccines, “the pandemic will end when we want it to end.” At the moment, “people are not being vaccinated fast enough,” according to Hilarion, but the crisis “is going to end … when people like you [the skeptical caller] stop being stubborn and get vaccinated.”
Metropolitan Hilarion does not speak for the entire ROC, and, in fact, the current leader of the ROC, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, intervened to stop the abbot of the prominent Valaam Monastery from mandating the monks there to receive the jab or face expulsion. Kirill’s deputy administrator, Bishop Savva of Zelenograd, issued a statement June 30 confirming that “[t]here can be no question of ‘eviction’ due to non-vaccination.” Despite his wish not to impose vaccination, Kirill did receive a COVID vaccine in March.
In 2019, LifePetitions launched a similar petition on behalf of Jeff Younger (the father) and his son James, asking for support and for the Texas state authorities to intervene in a unbelievable case in which the Dallas courts keep flip-flopping over which parent has parental rights and, ultimately, whether or not James must be forced to live as a girl and suffer the trauma of so-called gender "transitioning," as his mom believes he is a girl.
Incredibly, we now seem to be back at square one.
Jeff Younger currently has a gag order put on him, which prohibits him to speak out in defense of his son. But, because he has recently decided to ignore that order, to save his son from irreversible surgery, this brave Dad now faces possible arrest.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which does two things: 1) Supports Jeff Younger (again, the Dad) in his fight to save his son, James, from so-called gender "transitioning;" and, 2) Calls on Texas' Attorney General to intervene in this case and quash the gag order against Mr. Younger.
CLICK HERE to WATCH the latest LifeSite interview with Jeff Younger. Hear about the latest developments with his son, as well as the real dangers of gender reassignment surgery and other “transititioning” methods.
Currently, even though he shares 50/50 parental rights to James, which has allowed him to stop the chemical castration of his son, Jeff’s ex-wife recently sued to have full parental rights and to "give her sole medical and psychological decision making."
Jeff is also being threatened with jail time from the gag order, which he believes was intentionally done to stop him from helping pass legislation in Texas to ban sex-change surgeries for minors.
Jeff says that the gag order "prohibits me from speaking on all manner of political topics. And I’m not even allowed to tell you in that gag order whether my son’s a boy or girl."
But Jeff is speaking out, no matter what, because of the real danger that his son is in if he undergoes "transition" surgery.
Indeed, so-called gender "transitions" present many unsafe effects, some desired, some undesired, though all dangerous for one's physical and mental health.
Puberty-blocking drugs and cross-sex hormones have not been proven safe. For example, the FDA has NOT approved Lupron and GnRH analogues for use in blocking puberty.
Risks associated with these pharmaceuticals include: low bone density, high blood pressure, weight gain, abnormal glucose tolerance, breast cancer, liver disease, thrombosis, and cardiovascular disease.
And, additional risks and potential harms include:
For Males: Stunting of penile and testicular growth, sexual dysfunction, prevention of spermatogenesis, and disruption of normal brain and bone development.
For Females: A menopause-like state, blockade of normal breast development, decreased blood flow to vagina and vulva, sexual dysfunction, thinning of vaginal epithelium, vaginal atrophy, prevention of menses/ovulation, and disruption of normal brain and bone development.
In other words, these medications can sterilize and cause medical harm to vulnerable, confused children.
And, the stunning part about this: studies show that 85% of gender confused children eventually become comfortable with the sex of their bodies.
Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition which supports Jeff Younger, a Texas Dad, who is fighting to prevent his son, James, from being "turned into a girl." At the same time, we appeal to Texas State Attorney General, to intervene in this case and quash the gag order against Jeff.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
'Save James: Father risks arrest to save 9-year-old son from forced gender-transition': https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/save-james-father-risks-arrest-to-save-9-year-old-son-from-forced-gender-transition
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DANGERS OF PUSHING GENDER IDEOLOGY ON CHILDREN:
Many eminent psychiatrists are now speaking against the faulty notion that sex is fluid and a matter of choice. In particular, they are concerned about the welfare of children and young people in this regard.
Dr Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins University, who has researched the occurrence of gender dysphoria for 40 years, has stated that the notion of gender fluidity "is doing much damage to families, adolescents, and children and should be confronted as an opinion without biological foundation wherever it emerges". [See more below.]
And, the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) is definite about the promotion of transgenderism as being harmful public policy:
"Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: 'XY' and 'XX' are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder. The norm for human design is to be conceived, either male or female…Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse. Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents…” [Read more below.]
Here is what Dr Paul McHugh said on this topic: https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/johns-hopkins-psychiatrist-transgendered-men-dont-become-women-they-become
This is the ACP statement on Gender Ideology: http://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/gender-ideology-harms-children
About the medical risks associated with medical interventions to attempt to change the sex of the body: https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2020/01/59422/
About some of the unconscionable practices some medical professionals are engaged in:
Beside disputes over the legitimacy of mandating vaccines, the ROC is currently reassessing its stance on in vitro fertilization (IVF), a method of childbearing separated from sexual intercourse and condemned by the Catholic Church.
The ROC issued a draft document suggesting that “given the significant development of reproductive technologies,” IVF may be an acceptable method of conceiving children “for spouses who are in childbearing age,” forwarding the document to the church’s dioceses for consideration of an exception to its now-negative determination on the procedure.
Based on the abortive nature of IVF, “the Orthodox point of view” as things stand is that “all kinds of extracorporeal fertilisation (IVF) involving the production, conservation, and purposeful destruction of ‘spare’ embryos” are “morally inadmissible.”
Opinion on any change of stance remains divided among the hierarchs of the ROC.