In a recent thread on CAF, we Orthodox were accused of 'silence' in the face of the recent promulgation of rules by the US department of HHS mandating contraception and abortificant coverages in all employer sponsored health plans by the end of 2013 with no 'conscience' exception. (I will provide the link if requested but I don't think it is necessary.)
We need to speak as one on this issue and not allow ourselves to be caught up in Byzantine style political machinations or in personality conflicts among our Bishops.
Likewise, I simply can not stand to have the Orthodox view presented solely in the words of the agenda-driven Orthodox priest, Fr. Hans Jacobes and his friends at Monamarkos and elsewhere on the conservative side of the American political spectrum. This is a MORAL ISSUE - NOT A POLITICAL ONE and I hope this discussion is not relegated to the private politics forum.
As to CAF, in order to feel smug with respect to the Orthodox, when all else fails, quote a Catholic 'defector', Rod Dreher, who has his own agenda and found himself neck deep in internecine Orthodox in-fighting last year. Yeah,right....
I will be the first to concede that trying to get a joint statement out of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of North America on anything other than what day of the week it is, and even there the calendar issue would probably get in the way, is a real problem and an embarrassment. However, the constant whining by the political conservatives within the Orthodox Church about the supposed 'liberalism' of the non-OCA Bishops on social and moral issues is a red herring and a pile of you know what.
Fellow Orthodox Christians: Regardless of your political affiliation and your secular ideology, we must be of one mind on this issue. Please contact the Episcopal Assembly and respectfully ask that they consider issuing a joint statement. The Good Lord likely cares not what order of signing His Bishops place on such a document, but I suspect He does care that such a statement does not exist. For goodness sake, cast lots if you must for the d###med pecking order if it comes to that. We have had enough of egos and protocol. Fiddling while Rome burns is a western thing, get over it. Please contact Monk Benedict at the EA and NICELY express your hopes that a firm, joint statement is forthcoming. But BE POLITE, not angry or argumentative. email removed by request
(The following is my attempt to make an observation the whole issue from the political trenches, having worked in them for a long time over the years. If the mods want to delete it, I understand, but I think it is on point without picking a favorite.
Frankly, the whole issue reeks of cynical manipulation and focus groups. I suspect that the current administration knows full well that the proposed rule will not pass constitutional muster and will never come to play. They assume that the furor over this will subside while they can say to their 'hard liners', well, we tried.... They play the same games with the left that the other party plays on the right - lip service but no intention to really change the status quo. Our country should demand better from all of them.)
Broke up email address to reduce spam - Arimethea