Religious groups in Hungary stand together in defense of Jewish and Christian values

In a joint statement, congregations in Hungary stress the importance of the Jewish and Christian values of marriage and family.

The statement quotes from the first book of Moses: “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth.’”

The biblical position was also underlined by Pope Francis during his visit to Budapest when he reaffirmed that the sanctity of marriage is between one man and one woman.

Also in the Jewish tradition, “the sanctification of the female-male relationship through marriage forms the foundation of human dignity”

– they wrote.

The signatories of the declaration — representatives of Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox churches, as well as Jewish congregations — said that “as we approach Christmas and in the light of the Hanukkah candles, and also in response to the growing social debate in recent times, we reaffirm the importance of the Jewish and Christian values of marriage, family and human dignity.”

Signatories of the declaration:

Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Hungarian Reformed Church, Hungarian Evangelical Church, Hungarian Baptist Church, Hungarian Pentecostal Church, Hungarian Methodist Church, Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Buda, Constantinople Universal Patriarchate – Hungarian Orthodox Exarchate, Bulgarian Orthodox Church in Hungary, Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Hungary, Hungarian Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), Hungarian Unitarian Church, Hungarian Unitarian Church, the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (Mazsihisz), and the Association of Hungarian Jewish Communities (EMIH).

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