Metropolitan Kornily, Primate of the Russian Orthodox Old Believer Church (RPSC), said that men with beards were less likely "corrupted" by same-sex relationships.
"God set down certain rules. The Lord created everyone with a beard. No man can resist his creator," Kornily told Russia's National News Service. "It's made a monstrous thing to see men's clothing and hairstyles changing."
Metropolitan Kornily also lamented that the beard's special status had "completely disappeared from the Catholic West."
Russian President Vladimir Putin was the first head of state to visit an Old Believer church in 350 years when he visited the RSPC Rogozhsky spiritual center in Moscow in May 2017.
"God gave us the rules: it is written that the Lord created everyone with a beard. And the Catholic West completely disappeared from this concept. But this is unequivocal: on icons we can not imagine Christ or any saint without a beard. A person should not resist his creator. Sodomy from this and it went: changing men's clothing, hairstyles".
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To that list we must now add "Metropolitan Kornily (Primate)".