CWN - The head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate says that acceptance of same-sex marriage could lead to collapse of the West in 50 years.

“The main thing in life and international relations is not economics, not politics, but whether or not a specific group adheres to eternal moral norms or tries to contest them,” said Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin. “Russia has an excellent chance of telling the whole world that same-sex marriages and attempts to legalize incest and pedophilia are death and suicide.”

“Russia and Europe will not exist” without Christian ideals, he added. “Western civilization will not exist another fifty years without them.”

The Russian Orthodox official also strongly criticized foreign adoptions and adoptions by homosexual couples.

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