The Greatest Scandal

Occasional commentator David Holford writes on his blog Solomon Hezekiah about the voting record of Orthodox Christians on abortion-related legislation and is rightfully appalled. The only elected official at the federal level who has not sided with the culture of death is Rep. Gus Bilirakis, a Republican from the 9th District of Florida. (See his video and statement here opposing the government takeover of health care.)

In a post titled, “The Greatest Scandal in American Orthodoxy,” Holford says he is not so “naïve to imagine that either the Congresspersons or the hierarchs will actually listen” to what he’s saying. But the laity need to speak up on this issue, even if the bishops won’t.


After seeing an article about the clash over abortion between US Rep. Patrick Kennedy and his diocesan bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, RI, I decided to look into the voting records of the one senator and five representatives who are members of the Orthodox Church. The results are not surprising, but equally as shameful. I almost don’t know where to start.

The teaching of the Orthodox Church concerning abortion is just as clear and just the same as the teaching of the Catholic Church. It doesn’t matter that it is an issue the Ecumenical Patriarch skirts around, perhaps because it takes away from his main job of opening evironmentalist conferences and exhibitions. And just like the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church has members who have been elected to public office and act in direct opposition to the Orthodox Christian faith. It is not a matter of what they do in their private lives, for which they should go to confession and after which their priest should happily partake with them of the most precious body and blood.

Rather, it is a matter of what they lead their country to do. They have chosen to take a public stand against the teaching of the Church. They have appropriated the public purse for the killing of unborn children. They have otherwise refused to protect the unborn and directly facilitated those who would kill them.

It is the duty of the diocesan bishops of those members of the Orthodox Church who openly and knowingly pay for, or otherwise facilitate, the killing of the unborn to excommunicate those persons. Any bishop who knows what a Congressperson who claims to be under their spiritual authority is doing in this regard is failing in their responsibilities if they to otherwise.

Any Orthodox bishop, including the Ecumenical Patriarch, who praises or elevates such a person in the Church should be causing a scandal far worse than the misappropriation of funds in the OCA, or a drunk Antiochian touching up girl in a casino. Every clergy and every lay person of such a diocese who cares about the integrity of the Orthodox Church should be writing to their bishop.

Read the entire post on the Solomon Hezekiah blog.


  1. Father Johannes,

    Just to clarify, it is my blog.

    You are very kind to publish this excerpt and link.

  2. David, Very good piece that reminds the world of just who these pro-abortion lawmakers are, that they actively promote the murder of unborn children using their political clout, and the complete moral failure of bishops who say nothing about it and refuse to reprimand and condemn such travesties by supposedly Orthodox Christian faithful. The continued silence of the hierarchs on this critical issue is a glaring dereliction of their sacramental duties as defenders of truth, promoters of moral values, and the advocates for the absolute sanctity of life. They are lukewarm to the core; quite far from the lions for Christ they are required to be!

  3. Methodious of Boston has no problem excomunicating people who do not follow the rules he sets up like the parish council he put the hammer on and also he has no problem breaking communion with the OCA becasue their bishop has the same title the whole time celebrating with the Catholics.

    I guess Ms. Tsongis has money and that is why he is silent! He also will not attend the March for Life becasue he feels that Bishops Marching is beneath them.


  4. This is an excellent article! Does anyone know how to track the abortion voting records of Orthodox representatives? Is there a web site that keeps an updated scorecard on this information?

    Also, is there any Orthodox group that is organized to advocate the Pro-Life message?

  5. For anyone interested, the Church of Greece has previously posted
    its official position regarding right to life issues at

    It is the response of the Holy Synod to the European Union


  6. The more I think about this the more I think it is time we force SCOBA to take action and rather then write letters about IOCC Sunday or OCF Sunday or the like the put pen to paper and write a statement of reight to life issues. Their silence is noted and it is time they get off the dime. Most the Orthodox Congressmen are Greek so maybe they could show some leadership here and get this moving.

    • When you Google Search SCOBA and Abortion you get some site about Scuba Diving… Hmmmmm

      • Fr. Peter: As you undoubtedly know, SCUBA is an acronym for “Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus”. In other words, it allows one to live and exist outside of one’s true mileu. It allows a man to be a fish, something that he is not. Anyone who has done scuba diving knows the exiliration and eurphoria of being a fish and forgetting everything else around us. (“What, me worry” — AlFred E. Neuman]). Perhaps that is why Google finds a similarity.

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