Church of Cyprus bishop Neophytos Masouras of Morphou made the surreal claim in June while speaking at a primary school in Akaki, Cyprus.
He said: ‘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 recently made saint, who died in 1991, was known to have warned gay people to stay single and spend their lives alone, praying that their sexuality would simply go away.
The comments came during a series of ‘spiritual meetings of dialogue’ that came to an end this month, Cypriot LGBTI rights group ACCEPT said.
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The meetings are an open forum where audience members of all ages can question the bishop on any subject.
Needless to say, the idea that pregnant women finding anal sex pleasurable is a hereditary factor in the inception of gay offspring lacks any basis in science.
However, the bishop’s comments reflect the sadly bigoted attitude that the Cypriot LGBTI community are forced to confront on a daily basis.
Video footage of the bishop’s talk, which was captured in June, went viral after it was posted by Accept LGBTI Cyprus along with the caption: “How are lesbians created?”
Greek and Cypriot commenters absolutely reveled in mocking the bishop’s ridiculous claim.
One comment translated to English by Facebook said:
“So, my father, if the woman in time does oral, the child will become a dentist? Just a question my father!!!!! HAVE MERCY!!!!!!!!”
However, another commenter defended the bishop, stating:
“The priest says this because he investigated it and says [this] with divine enlightenment, unlike you who judge without having the slightest idea.”
Yet another netizen hit the nail on the head with the truthful comment:
“The problem is not this ignoramus, the tragic problem is that there are thousands who believe him.”