GOARCH retweets pro-abortion approval of Abp. Elpidophoros’ March for Life speech

New York, January 26, 2022

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On Monday, OrthoChristian reported on the controversy surrounding the remarks offered at the March for Life in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Elpidophoros of the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

While the Archbishop stated: “We affirm the gift and sanctity of life—all life, born and unborn… Every life is worthy of our prayer and our protection, whether in the womb, or in the world,” he also said: “At the same time, we also affirm our respect for the autonomy of women. It is they who bring forth life into the world,” leaving the faithful unclear about his message.

Numerous comments were left on the Archbishop’s social media pages asking for clarification, or outright charging him with heresy. Others praised his statement as compassionate and profound.

George Demacopoulos, co-founder of the Fordham Orthodox Christian Studies Center and official historian for the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, known as the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America, writes: “Not everyone can handle paradox but it has been a central element of Christian thought since antiquity.”

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And adding to the confusion is the fact that the GOARCH Press Office retweeted a specifically pro-abortion tweet praising the Archbishop’s statement.

On January 21, Aggeliki Spanou retweeted the Archbishop’s statement, with the comment: “A hierarch who defends a woman’s right to decide for herself, even if she chooses abortion. So rare in the Church that it ends up being touching.”

This tweet was retweeted by the GOARCH Press Office:

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On the same day as the March, Abp. Elpidophoros also visited the Ukrainian ambassador to America to assure her that GOARCH stands together with the U.S. State Department against the Russian Orthodox Church.

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1/26/2022

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Comments
joseph2/20/2022 6:22 am
Arch. Elpidophorous never endorsed abortion. It is Calumny to say he did.
Jacqueline Richold2/5/2022 1:43 am
A particularly problematic part of the Archbishop's speech was the statement 'We march not for coercion.' Pro-lifers will always try to show women and girls who are ambiguous about a pregnancy how abortion will hurt them, i.e. will always seek 'pro-female' approaches to preserving foetal life. However, there is a bottom line, which is that in unfortunate cases where mothers really are hard-set on abortion, perhaps for ideological reasons, secular legal compulsion should indeed ensure that the foetuses are not put to this atrocity.
Jackie1/30/2022 7:09 am
https://www.helleniscope.com/2022/01/16/stand-for-mercy/
Jackie1/30/2022 7:01 am
I see that George Demacopoulos has found a kindred spirit in a man who speaks out of both sides of his mouth. I'm not surprised Demacopoulos defends His Eminence, Archbishop Elpidophoros and celebrates "paradox" in Christian thought - when he is the epitome of weaving webs of paradox himself. The Fordham Orthodox Christian Studies Center is a bastion of paradox.
Cat1/28/2022 9:26 pm
He simply stated the Church affirms sanctity of life and respects the autonomy of women. There was nothing about respecting women's choice of abortion. People might read more into it, than there really is. And sometimes it seems they're waiting with anticipation to get scandalized. I agree with the point that he could have mentioned that every choice has consequences.
Paul1/27/2022 10:38 am
This is the danger of what I call “Twitter theology” I.e. trying to distill Biblical and Patristic theology into a pithy sound bite. The Church has always taught that God grants us choice. Choose life or choose death, repentance or rebellion. The Bishop is therefore correct that women have the choice when it comes to abortion, just as we all have the choice whether to follow Christ in repentance or descend into sin. What he fails to point out in his pithy quote is that our choices have eternal consequences. The issue of whether abortion should be legal in secular law should rest on the principle of whether abortion is the deliberate taking of a human life I.e. tantamount to murder. If as Christians we affirm the sanctity of life in the womb, our position on that should be clear and obvious.
Noah1/27/2022 6:27 am
ANATHEMA to Archbishop Elpidophoros! ΑΝΆΘΕΜΑ! АНАФЕМА!
Gene Kauffman1/27/2022 12:50 am
GOARCH retweeting the Spanou tweet is unthinkable!
Basil1/26/2022 11:37 pm
Alexander, ROCOR has already broken communion with the Greeks. I think they have effectively washed their hands of them.
sherlock_holmes1/26/2022 10:31 pm
I think abp.Elpidophoros, George Demacopoulos ( his paradox is like Nasreddin Hodjea's one,Everybody is right ! ) and Aggeliki should be asked if abortion is a sin which needs repentance for healing. The same question for other sins that devil consider them " human rights ".
Alexander Leitner1/26/2022 6:39 pm
If the Russian and Serbian Church will not cut off these heretics I and many others will them. Where is the ROCA?
Mikhail1/26/2022 6:38 pm
Is that how you justify it Mr. Demacopoulos? A paradox? God help us.
Michael 1/26/2022 4:29 pm
Anaxios! Anaxios! Anaxios! Would we expect anything less from the author of the First Without Equal doctrine? Satan has entered the Church. And he is wearing a bishop’s vestments. Lord have mercy!
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