There are not two options here, Peter. The Patriarch has no choice but to be the voice of the Church's authentic teaching so that the light of Christ may shine before men. One bishop (the Primate of your Church) was this voice in Washington last year; another bishop , sadly, was not that voice.Yes, I know how you feel about this. But how do you know you're representing His All Holiness faithfully?
May I present a message which was not transferred from thread to thread in the split. In it you will find the contact details for two prominent OCL clergymen, including the founder of OCL. If you have the interest you could contact them and their word will be much more credible than mine.
------------------------------"Orthodox Patriarchs 'Wink' at Abortion"
(written by a priest under the Ecumenical Throne)http://www.oclife.org/vnine.pdf http://web.archive.org/web/20040407123705/http://www.oclife.org/vnine.pdf
Here are his words:"Although the Orthodox Church believes the soul
enters the body at conception and, generally
speaking, respects human life and the continuation
of the pregnancy," Bartholomew said, the church
also "respects the liberty and freedom of all human
persons and all Christian couples. . . .We are not
allowed to enter the bedrooms of the Christian
couples," he also said. "We cannot generalize.
There are many reasons for a couple to go toward
I understand that Fr Dr Edward Pehanich (ACROD, founder of Orthodox
Christians For Life) who reported all this in an article in oclife.org
> has sought clarification or retraction
from His Divine All-Holiness. There has been no response.
As for those who doubt that the Patriarch was honestly reported, why would
Fr Edward Pehanich who holds a prominent position in ACROD highlight these
remarks in the Orthodox Christians for Life magazine if they were
unreliable, thereby antagonising his supreme spiritual authority in the
Phanar. I'd say he's a brave and honest priest.
If you'd like to contact Fr Edward and ask for up to date information his
contact details are:
Very Rev. Dr. Edward Pehanich
10062 Firethorn Dr.
N. Huntingdon, PA 15642
Phone: (724) 863-3741
And Fr Anthony Nelson, a prominent ROCA priest in the Right to Life
Movement, has written:
We at Oklahoma Orthodox Christians for Life also wrote both to the
Patriarchate and the GOA requesting comments/clarification of the comments
at the time. Our requests went unanswered.
Protopriest Anthony Nelson
St. Benedict Russian Orthodox Church
Oklahoma City, OK USA 405-672-1441
If the Patriarch were wrongly reported it seems to me that he has a strong moral responsibility to correct the statement and publicly support the moral teaching of the Church. Why has he not done so?