Church of Cyprus bishop Neophytos Masouras of Morphou has figured out the reason why gay people exist. The cleric shared his knowledge with a group of congregants while speaking at a primary school in Akaki, Nicosia District A Church of Cyprus, the Daily Mail reported.
His understanding of the existence of gay people according to his sermon has now created a storm of controversy after he blamed the existence of gay people on pregnant women who commit “abnormal” sex acts.
During his lecture, the bishop posited that the gay sexuality is passed on when expectant women give in to the abnormal sexual acts, specifically anal sex.
“It happens during the parent’s intercourse or pregnancy.
It follows an abnormal sexual act between the parents. To be more clear, anal sex.
[Saint Porphyrios] says that when the woman likes that, a desire is born, and then the desire is passed on to the child.”
The bishop was quoted to have said.
Although there is zero evidence to support the unscientific claim, the cleric was certain about the role of pregnant women and anal sex in the existence of gay people.
The footage from June was posted on social media and went viral, with Accept LGBTI Cyprus posting: “How are lesbians created?”
Saint Porphyrios, who died in 1991, told gay people to stay single and pray for their sexuality to go away all their life. Cyprus decriminalized homosexuality in 1998 and has rolled back previous conservative attitudes to homosexuality.
It outlawed discriminating against gay people in 2004 and brought in civil unions in 2015. Despite this, homosexuals are not allowed to serve in the army and same-sex couples are not allowed to adopt.