Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church reasserts rejection of same-sex relations

Ahram Online , Thursday 7 Mar 2024

Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church reasserted on Thursday the Church's categorical rejection of same-sex relationships, stressing that in case any of its children struggle with homosexual inclinations, it will never give up on them and will persist in providing them with care, support, and assistance.

Pope Tawadros II
Bishops with Pope Tawadros II pose for an image During the annual general assembly of Coptic Orthodox church Council in Monastery of Saint Bishoy in Wadi El-Natrun, Egypt on Thursday 7 March, 2024. Photo courtesy of Coptic Church spokesman.


The Coptic Orthodox Church, under the leadership of Pope Tawadros II, expressed its stance on the issue of same-sex relations, emphasizing the sanctity of human creation.

The Church cited several verses from the Holy Scriptures demonstrating that God had created humans in His image and that He decreed that holy matrimony, and subsequently sexual intercourse, cannot be but strictly between a male and a female.

'Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness." (Genesis 1:26).

"So, God created man in His own image; in the image of God, He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth'" (Genesis 1:27, 28).

Furthermore, the Church said that man is free unless he transgresses God's law.

"Those who struggle with same-sex inclinations and control themselves from engaging in sexual behaviours are commended for their struggle,” the Coptic Orthodox Church said, adding that those who decide to practise homosexuality are in a worse position than those who commit adultery.

The Church also stressed the importance of spiritual and psychological support for individuals struggling with homosexual desires and inclinations, highlighting the effectiveness of such interventions in promoting healing and spiritual growth.

In conclusion, the Church strongly affirmed that in case any of its children show signs of struggling with homosexual desires, it will provide pastoral care and support for them and would never give up on them but shall strive to provide every form of assistance to heal them psychologically and spiritually.

The Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church and Al-Azhar have historically opposed same-sex (homosexual) relations.

While consensual homosexual acts are not explicitly criminalized under Egyptian law, people accused of homosexuality have been convicted on charges such as debauchery, prostitution, and offending public morality.

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