Orthodox Ukrainian priest Fr Oleg Mokryak, head of the Missionary Department for the Diocese of Odessa, felt the need to ‘cleanse’ part of the city after a gay pride parade took place.
His silly little stunt, according to this report, involved blessing and cleansing the route with holy water while a pathetic little bunch of believers followed.
Mokryak explained he was:
Cleansing Seaside Boulevard after the sexual deviancy parade that defiled the street.
For this vice is the death of bodies, the destruction of souls, pollutes the flesh, extinguishes the light of the intellect, expels the Holy Spirit from the temple of the human heart, introduces the diabolical inciter of lust, throws into confusion, and removes the truth completely from the deceived mind.
He noted that:
Whoever has soiled himself with the contamination of sodomitic disgrace … unless he is cleansed by the fulfillment of fruitful penance, can never have the grace of God, will never be worthy of the body and blood of Christ, and will never cross the threshold of the celestial homeland.
Around 100 people took part in the parade – with 800 police on hand to protect them.