It deeply saddens me to read on our archdiocesan website about your recent "cordial and friendly" visit with Senator Paul Sarbanes. As you well know, Senator Sarbanes is one of the leading voices for abortion in the Senate. You know that our Church considers abortion to be murder of innocents. The Senator does everything in his political power to assist the continuance of these murders.
As spiritual leader of our archdiocese, why, your Eminence, do you not call him to account? Why is this man continually held up as a role model for the Greek Orthodox when in fact he is complicit in the murder of millions? Why do you not exercise the authoritative voice God has given you as our Archbishop and call this man to repentance and declare his actions to be anti-Christian?
Roman Catholics can be proud of their bishops who have recently called to public repentance Roman Catholic Senators who share Sarbanes' views. It is a shame, and one for which some will be called to account on the day of Judgment, that we do not have such leaders in our own Church. I plead with you your Eminence to become such a leader and to speak out on behalf of the millions of innocents who are slaughtered with the aid of the likes of Paul Sarbanes. Speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.
As we prepare for the Feast of the Nativity, no greater message could be given by you in this season of the Church.
Respectfully in Christ,
The priest Seraphim Bell
Fr. Seraphim Bell is the founding priest of the St. Silouan Greek Orthodox Mission in Walla Walla, WA.
This letter was published on the Orthodox News website December 24, 2003. Reprinted with permission of the author.