I see that in 1999 Touchstone
magazine ran an article on what it calls the "numbing moral silence" of the Ecumenical Patriarch in neglecting pro-life issues."Constantinople's Moral Oversight"http://touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=12-02-014-v
" I suggest that it is time for Orthodox Christians in America to begin questioning the pastoral leadership of the Ecumenical Patriarchate with respect to its stewardship of Orthodox Christian Tradition in America. Put simply: the Ecumenical Patriarchate has severely neglected, and continues to neglect, pro-life and other pivotal social issues in its American ministry.
"This neglect is readily noticeable if one compares the relative silence of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on pro-life issues with the active involvement of other Orthodox hierarchies in this country.
" Consider, for example, the amicus curiae brief (click to view) filed on February 21, 1989, on behalf of Orthodox Christians in America in the famous Webster case before the Supreme Court (also printed in Touchstone, Spring 1992, pp 15-20). This was arguably the strongest and clearest statement on the evil of abortion to come from Orthodox auspices in America.
"Yet Bishop (now Metropolitan) Maximos of Pittsburgh was the only Greek Orthodox bishop among the many signers of that document, in contrast to the unanimous signatures of the ranking hierarchs from the Russian (OCA, ROCOR), Antiochian, Serbian, Ukrainian, and Romanian jurisdictions.
"A full half of the Orthodox in America belong to the Greek Orthodox archdiocese, whose spiritual leaders were--with the exception of one bishop--completely silent on that solemn occasion."