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Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon

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Orthodox Bishops need to respond to the public scandal of Orthodox politicians who support abortion.

Alas, we are not aware of a single authoritative word of episcopal reproach to the many politicians among the Eastern Orthodox in this country who openly and energetically support abortion. How is it that Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine has not yet been publicly warned by her bishop about the hypocrisy of claiming to be an Orthodox Christian while continuing to vote against unborn children on every occasion (even voting against the recent partial-birth abortion prohibition)? When is Senator Sarbanes of Maryland, a leading lay figure of the Greek Orthodox Church, going to be told that he should not approach Holy Communion if he continues his support for this heinous crime? How long must we wait before an Orthodox bishop issues a similar directive to Governor Blagojevich of Illinois? The continued public claim of these politicians to be members of the Orthodox Church constitutes a plain and public scandal, which, as simple Christians, we humbly invite their bishops to correct.

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and a Senior Editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity.

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