Following the invalidation of the referendum on 6-7 October 2018 for the redefinition of marriage, the Romanian Patriarchate urges towards spiritual unity and the continued defense of the family blessed by God.
On the occasion of the referendum, the Romanian Orthodox Church fulfilled its civic and moral mission in the public space, where it affirmed and defended the identity and value of the family as a human institution created and blessed by God. In this respect, we thank the almost four million Romanian citizens who have responded positively by participating in the vote.
The attitude that the Romanians have assumed through voting or non-voting has to be respected and analyzed, and democracy based on civic freedom must be cultivated more intensely through correct and permanent information on the subject publicly debated.
Although the recent referendum has not been validated, it has given us the opportunity to know the degree of secularization of today’s Romanian society as well as the main positions in society regarding the affirmation and defense of moral values based on faith in God and the bimillenary history of the Romanian people.
In this social context, the Romanian Orthodox Church has the duty to further support and promote the family blessed by God and the values of Christian faith.
Press Office of the Romanian Patriarchate