ROSTOV-ON-DON, March 3 – RIA Novosti, Yulia Nasulina. Metropolitan of Rostov and Novocherkassk Mercury (Ivanov), like other priests, were not aware of the orientation of Archpriest Alexander Usatov, who came out and left for the Netherlands, press secretary of the head of the Don Metropolitanate Igor Petrovsky told RIA Novosti.
Earlier, Usatov published an article on the Internet that he was gay and “in recent years has become the object of persecution by the Metropolitan and his entourage,” who allegedly knew about his sexual orientation. According to him, last year he decided to contact gay activists from the Netherlands and left for Amsterdam. Previously, he asked the patriarch to defrock him “as an unbeliever”, since such a wording, in his opinion, would take less time.
According to Petrovsky, if anyone knew about Usatov's orientation, he would immediately “be banned along the church line and religious people on the civil line would have subjected him to a serious conversation.” “Bullying was simply impossible, because in order to bully a person, you need to know something about him … If everyone knew that Usatov is a homosexual, neither the church community, nor our clergy, nor the believers would tolerate this,” he said. is he.
The reason that Usatov decided to write about everything ten months after leaving, according to Petrovsky, is that he wanted to “make his life as a gay martyr during his lifetime.” from neighbors and to register in the Dutch homosexual communities, to gain primacy in serious competition (for receiving funds from funds – ed.) “, – said Petrovsky.
He added that currently the documents on the deprivation of Usatov are in the church court.