A BISHOP has defended his comments suggesting that mothers-to-be who took part in anal sex were the reason homosexual people existed.
The Bishop of Morphou Neophytos sparked worldwide outrage after claiming a mother’s enjoyment of anal sex transferred to the foetus.
He made the claims during an appearance at a primary school in Akaki, Cyprus.
According to Accept LGBTI Cyprus, the Orthodox bishop repeated his views during a series of meetings.
Footage of one such incident was passed on to Metro, who translated the Bishop’s comments into English ahead of publication.
Of homosexuality, the bishop claims: “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 Porfyrios – a modern patron saint who believed gay people should stay single and ‘pray the gay away’ for the rest of their lives] says that when the woman likes that, a desire is born, and then the desire is passed on to the child.”
Despite the anger sparked by his claims, the Bishop of Morhpou has defended his stance, arguing he was merely teaching the words of the Orthodox church.
“I expressed the position of the Church and the position of the saints.,” he said.
Incredibly, the bishop went on to double down on his claims, comparing being gay to a child having a musical talent.
According to the Cyprus Mail, he argued a child is more likely to be musical if their parent is a musician.
He even went as far as to suggest it could be passed on in the same way DNA is.
The world’s second-largest Christian church, the Orthodox church boasts approximately 200–260 million baptised members.