OCA primate issues statement on Texas school shooting

New York, May 25, 2022

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His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of Washington and All America and Canada, the primate of the Orthodox Church in America, issued a statement today about the Texas school shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead yesterday.

His statement reads in full:

Yesterday, we witnessed, once again, another instance of terrible and absurd evil perpetrated against the most vulnerable of God’s beloved people: our children. We are filled with sadness and grief at the death of the many children, teachers, as well as those wounded in this tragic shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

I exhort all the monastics, clergy, and faithful of the Orthodox Church in America to keep all those affected by this horrible event in their fervent prayers invoking our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ to grant comfort and peace to the afflicted families. It is in these especially tragic moments that we see more clearly why our Savior comes to us as the suffering servant, “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isa. 53:3). Our Lord suffers with us so that He can also give us comfort and hope.

Although the young man who committed this atrocious act seems to have acted alone, we must acknowledge that any manifestation of violence is also a product of a world which all too often cherishes violence in its many forms. As Christians, we must always oppose any and all forms of violence giving instead that example that our Lord Himself gives us; one of meekness, gentleness, self-sacrifice, love, and patience.

There is no more heart-wrenching occasion than for a parent to lose one’s child. I pray that our merciful Lord gives strength and hope to those parents who are now facing their darkest hour. May all who are grieving look towards the great day of the Lord when Christ will “wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away” (Rev 21:4).

Archbishop Elpidophoros of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese tweeted on the tragedy, saying: “The massacre of so many innocent today in Uvalde, TX, must challenge our Nation to finally address gun violence. This bloody sacrifice of children enabled by the death-culture of guns cannot be justified by appeals to ‘rights.’ What of the right to their lives?”

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Midwest6/2/2022 12:29 am
Friends in Christ, Regarding the sanctity of life, we cannot pick and choose only what we want (and like) and ignore some important subjects (because we don't like them). On the Ancient Faith web site, there is an amazing short podcast from 2019 on the topic of the sanctity of life with His Eminence, the Most Reverend Paul (Gassios), Archbishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest. Archbishop Paul fell asleep in the Lord on the Feast of Feasts, Great and Holy Pascha, Sunday, April 24, 2022, at age 69, after a grave illness. In this podcast, Archbishop Paul said many things of great importance. Among them: - “We need to advocate for sanctity of life ethics across the entire life span..” - “In the church we have to be icons of holiness, to live by example..” - “We believe in the sanctity of life from birth to death..” So to say that the death culture has little to do with guns in total non sense. The sanctity of life is of course about abortion, but also about gun violence, death penalty, separating babies and parents, and lots of other matters. Yes, we cannot pick and choose the issues we like and clearly ignore the other important issues. --------------------------- Sunday March 10, 2019 --- Ancient Faith Ministries - Podcasts - Dr. Albert Rossi --- Becoming a Healing Presence - Through Christ, We Learn to Bring Healing to Others --- Polarization: An Interview with Bishop Paul (OCA) --- Dr. Albert Rossi interviews The Right Reverend Paul, Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest in the Orthodox Church in America, on the present condition of polarization within the Church and the United States. Length: 14:28 --- https://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/healingpresence/polarization_an_interview_with_bishop_paul_oca
Benjamin5/25/2022 10:55 pm
OCA primate was actually pretty based. What is it with these Greeks though?
kathleen boraas5/25/2022 10:33 pm
The death culture has little to do with guns. Americans have always had guns. The death culture is abortion, euthanasia, etc.
Chris Banescu5/25/2022 8:21 pm
Once again, Abp. Elpidophorous shows himself to be a deceiver and false preacher when he blames the "culture of guns" and our Constitutional rights, rather than the evildoers, the immorality in our culture, the culture of violence, the entertainment industry that glorifies violence and the irresponsible use of guns, and the abandonment of GOD by most schools and institutions in America driven by leftist and progressive academics.
Gabriel5/25/2022 8:14 pm
Tell us Archbishop Elpidophoros, are you so concerned about the lives of children murdered in the womb? This bloody sacrifice of children enabled by the death-culture of abortion cannot be justified by appeals to ‘rights.’ What of the right to their lives?”
Antiochene Son5/25/2022 6:21 pm
Met. Tikhon prays for the dead, Met. Elpidophorus makes a political speech. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
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