Double-faced AB Elpidophoros Does It Again, This Time On Abortion!

EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): Not one month goes by without one more serious mistake by the Archbishop… This time he had no problem at all, as the double-faced Phanariot that he is, to speak both sides of the issue of abortion in just a few sentences… As we hear, the telephones at the headquarters are quite busy from the phone calls of the disgusted faithful who cannot take his faithless positions anymore.  The same with the dissenting comments on his Twitter account… His time is up.  We have seen enough.  Time for him to go… In America he is and will always be a “foreign body”…  For the rest enjoy the thoughts of Jackie Morfesis...

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By Jackie Morfesis

I am a cradle Orthodox Christian. I was born into a lineage of Greek Orthodox Christians that have gone back for generations. This is said not to diminish the personal choice or veracity of my faith walk, but to show that I have been a member of and involved in the life of my church since my first breath.

And because of this, I am invested in not only the life but the health of my church and the protection and honor of my church, the clergy, those who work for the church, the early church of the apostles. Yet, there are times, when we must be bold in our faith and stand against all that seeks to distort, misconstrue, and harm the very foundation of our faith. And if that means voicing our concerns in the face of ecclesiastical power, then so be it.

On more than one occasion, I have been witness to the words and actions of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, with complete and utter bewilderment. Yet, in truth, it is not so much bewilderment as spiritual discernment.

However, the latest proclamation that was shared, recently posted on January 21, 2022, on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese website has taken the notion of harm and hypocrisy to a new and unprecedented level. He clearly stated that he (on behalf of our church) supports the sanctity of life and at the same time, in the same breath, the autonomy of women to have the “freedom” to choose life just as our God gave the Holy Theotokos the “freedom” to choose to give life to our Lord and Savior.

This is problematic on many levels. Firstly, because His Eminence is speaking literally out of both sides of his mouth at once. Secondly, because his words are not only inconsistent with our faith but in blatant violation and distortion of our faith. And thirdly, because he is purposely subverting scripture and the account of the announcement to Mary that she is “with child” to imply that God gave her a choice to be “with child”. She was chosen by God for His Holy purpose and for the birth of our Lord and for our salvation.

“For you formed my inward parts; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret. And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed. And in our book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16.

And this is not the only time that His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros has “missed the mark”. In fact, his repeated amartia against our faith are adding up and building upon each other like the mighty mountain he referenced to in another slur against our faith by claiming there are many paths to climb to the mountaintop and it is only the boulders of our personal prejudice that leads us to believe there is one path. “When you elevate one religion above all others, it is as if you decide there is only one path leading to the top of the mountain.” Archbishop Elpidophoros. The scripture where we are told the way to the Father is in order here.

“Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6.

And in response to the months if not years of civil unrest, wherein His Eminence, Archbishop Elpidophoros felt it necessary to march for Black Lives Matter, he did not feel it was simultaneously necessary to give one public and official word of encouragement, empathy, and mercy for the millions who were unjustly affected by the destruction, arson, vandalism, terror, assault, and murder against citizens and public officials and servants that ensued when the peaceful protests morphed into violent rioting.

Is this the leader we seek and deserve as Greek Orthodox Christians? A “man of God” who at every opportunity seeks to water down our faith? Distort God’s Holy Word to meet his political and social agenda? And who decides not only whose life but whose soul matters, including the souls of the unborn?

We are at a critical crisis point in the life and history, indeed the future of the Greek Orthodox Church. We have succumbed to the glorification and acceptance of the secular world and living the values of the secular world, forgetting that we are instead a child of God, ambassadors for Christ, and workers in building His kingdom on earth.

Instead of being led like sheep to the slaughter, blindly being pushed forward in ways that are against our faith, we need to be bold in our faith and stand not only for the unborn, but for the very foundational truths of the Early Church, of which we are the disciples. And we must be unafraid to speak truth to power and voice our concerns to not only our local parishes, but directly to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese headquarters in New York City. “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13.

If we think that for one moment, our faith is based upon living however we choose in our secular, worldly lives, in the six days of the week and then being “Christian” on Sunday, then we have sorely, like our leadership, missed the mark. If we do not take seriously our core identity, Child of God, and live the life that God has mandated us to live, then we are nothing more than someone to take up a space in our pews but not someone, who like our predecessors in God’s kingdom on earth would give their life for our Lord.

Giving our life for our Lord? We even hesitate to speak up when the most gross inaccuracies are hurled at our Church in the name of progress and political correctness. And this is a clear chink in our armor that begs for correction.

Jesus was not ashamed to live and be crucified at Calgary on our behalf. Yet, every single day, we are ashamed to stand for Him and His Holy Church by having the courage, the boldness, and indeed the integrity to say wrong is wrong. And right now, wrong is wrong, and it is embedded in our very leadership who is seeking inch by inch and day by day to undermine the very rock on which our Holy Church has stood for thousands of years.

We can do better. We must do better. Not only the Greek Orthodox Church but our very souls and future lives in eternity depends upon a call to action at this very time. This critical juncture where we choose God or choose the world. Our choice.

24 COMMENTS

  1. Mistake is too kind of a word! If I may be so bold as to call a spade a spade.

    Pure evil to the core. Deliberately disobeying Holy Tradition, the Bible (which is a part of Holy Tradition) and Church Canons as well as all of the Ecumenical Councils, The Epistles, the Gospels and even the words of Christ Himself.

    Calling him a heretic…does begin to describe it…he’s a demon.

  2. Even to say he’s a demon…doesn’t begin to describe it. At least Judas tried but failed to repent when he erroneously committed suicide.

  3. “We affirm the gift and sanctity of life – all life, born and unborn. As Christians we confess that every human being is made in the image and likeness of God. Every life is worthy of our prayer and our protection, whether in the womb, or in the world. We are all responsible for the well-being of children. We are their “keepers,” and cannot shirk from our accountability for their welfare.
    At the same time, we also affirm our respect for the autonomy of women. It is they who bring forth life into the world. By His incarnation, our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ assumed human nature, through His conception in the womb of the Virgin Mary. She freely chose to bring Him into the world, and God respected her freedom.”
    -AB Elpidophoros

    “She freely chose to bring Him into the world, and God respected her freedom.”

    Your Eminence, with all due respect, are you implying that the Virgin Mary had the option to abort? Would Joseph have had any say in the matter, or more importantly, would the Holy Spirit have had any say in the matter?

    • George Gialtouridis:

      “freedom to choose”… observe this catch phrase he’s using or told to say by the airheads around him & it’s lefty liberals tenet which is AB Elpi’s true religion,
      but it’s Not the
      Eastern Orthodox Christian Church’s!

  4. He is very smart and cunning… as our adversary usually is. He is not wrong to point out the Virgin Mary’s free will; for when Mary spoke “let it be to me according to your word.”, she aligned her will with God’s. However, Mary’s exercise of “Free Will” occurred “prior” to conception. It is highly disingenuous, and blasphemous against the mother of God to suggest that she would contemplate killing her unborn child; and that we should respect her right to do so. ALL women have Free will. ALL women have a multitude of choices. However, KILLING AN UNBORN CHILD IS NOT ONE OF THEM. As highlighted in the words of one of the Fathers of the church, Saint Basil the Great “A woman who deliberately destroys a fetus is answerable for murder. And any fine distinction between its being completely formed or unformed is no admissible among us. That “IS” the ORTHODOX position on the matter,
    and its crystal clear. May God have mercy on us+++

  5. Αίσχος και ντροπή! Panagia mou….

    He has crossed the line yet again! Elpi is out of control, and I pray he makes other plans for himself and gets out of dodge! He must go, and fast! Actually, they should defrock him and send him back whence he came.

    The worst part of all his zany antics; he’s actually destroying lives. Does he realize the destruction he has caused the very sheep he has sworn to protect? The very people who are unemployed bc of him, due to mandates and his support of lethal vaxxes, and now horrifically have young women consider abortions, God forbid, bc he has blatantly given his stamp of approval? We can read between the lines, Elpi! 😱

    Someone better give him a wake up call bc he’s in dire need of repentance, before he loses his very soul, if he has one?

    Dead man walking….💀☠️💀☠️

  6. Who amongst us really believes “he” “composed” this all by himself? They could have kept Panaghia out of this narrow, narrow pro-life tome. I will prayerfully “try” to give “them” the benefit of the doubt. Again, poorly constructed syntax and messaging.

  7. How embarrassing to have Elpidoforos as Orthodox leader in America while he keeps playing Judas Betrayer on all sacred Tenets of Eastern Orthodoxy. Truly it’s biggest mistake of Patriarch Bartholomew and this monumental sin will follow him into the afterlife .

    We cannot forget him slobbering over creepy Joe Biden and every Godless liberal loony can we?

    • As I have so many times said Bartholonew and his whole gang – have no doubt they are a gang – are acting as agents of interests having nothing to do with Orthodoxy or Hellenism

  8. Mikhail….
    He stated the Russian church is the cause of division? Someone needs to tell Elpi it has been prophesied that salvation will come from the East. God has chosen Russia for the salvation of all Christianity….☦️ He should be very afraid.

  9. It’s not only Elpidophoros’s hypocrisy regarding abortion and unborn life that sickens me, but also that of other .Greek Orthodox hierarchs and priests, who rarely, if ever, preach about what our Orthodox Faith believes regarding these issues. When have you ever heard from the pulpit of a Greek Orthdox Church any cleric rail against abortion? Sadly, I can say, not once. Have you?

  10. Abp. Elpidophoros’ two statements form a non sequitur. It is a logical impossibility to affirm the “sanctity of life” while at the same time affirming respect for the “autonomy of women” to take that life. Logic demands that you agree with the former statement in the meme and reject the latter; or that you agree with the latter statement and reject the former. You cannot agree with both statements at once, as they are mutually exclusive. You cannot make both statements without “speaking with a forked tongue”, as the American Indians used to say.

  11. He has sold his and the soul of the Archdiocese to the satanist globalists.

    He is a disgrace and the Greek Orthodox Christians of America must remove him or it is going to get much much worse.

  12. Yes Elpi the wolf in sheep’s clothing, aka fairy Elpi, holds no importance to what’s moral —
    for him, there’s no sin when he himself lives with no purity – the kind expected of a true holy man, a Hierarch.

    Even if one doesn’t believe life begins at conception, it’s still grossly immoral that any woman has sex carelessly with no regard that she could get pregnant & uses abortion as contraception … this is a desecration of the sexual sphere.

    Look at Elps accommodating the perversion of homosexual agenda at St. Barts Episcopal church with gay flag, etc.,
    A truly holy man or woman understands the reverence & sacredness of the sexual sphere bc without it they can never become masters of themselves.

    One of the main aims of Orthodoxy besides achieving Theosis,
    is achieving victory over pleasure —
    that’s why we embrace asceticism.

  13. Elpidophoros speaks with a FORKED tongue and purposely twists the truth and misleads the faithful. While pretending to preach the Orthodox Christian faith, he backhandedly lends credence to abortion supporters by saying that we “affirm our respect for the autonomy of women” to let them “freely choose” to give birth.

    In other words, we must respect a woman’s “free choice” on whether she will have the baby or not. Therefore, he is saying that we must respect a woman’s “free choice to have an abortion,” if we’re to take his argument to its logical conclusion. This is diabolically deceptive and wrong!

    Here’s some basic theology and true Orthodox Christian teaching for this impostor bishop to consider: Murder of a baby can never be a choice for any mother, especially an Orthodox Christian mother.

    This bishop is an impostor and cannot be trusted. ANAXIOS!

  14. Where do we begin with this?

    In Revelation 3:16, the Lord’s response to what we are witnessing is clear:
    “….So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth….”

    In this light, an alternative name for this wolf in sheepskin can easily be Vomitophoros

    Of course this isn’t the first statement he’s made that has caused nausea among the faithful…

    And how about this quote from St. Matthew 18:6…?
    “…But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea….”
    Does this imply that the Greek colloquial phrase “Αντε πνιξου” has a scriptural connection, and that it wouldn’t necessarily be out of order for offended laypeople to use it in response to such offensive rhetoric?

    How about the classic from Matthew 6:24?
    “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other.

    We are witnessing a live manifestation of the prophesy of St. Kosmas Aitolos, who said “there will be a day when there will not be harmony between the laypeople and the clergy…the clergy will become the worst, and most irreverent of all…”

    Nevertheless, it is encouraging to see the laity and several ordinary clergy are still trying hard to follow Christ and the proper teachings of our Church Fathers, EVEN THOUGH at the same time we are witnessing a significant percentage of our hierarchy openly betraying our Orthodox Traditions, Values, and Canons, and instead opting to blindly worship a new schismato-phoric cult personality (Bart) in order to protect their status, wealth, power, and and titles, and not caring about what damage is being done to the unity of the Faith as a result…

    “…Τα καλα και συμφεροντα των πορτοφολιων ημων….”

  15. Stop giving money to your parishes. Most of it goes for Turkophoros and the Metropolitan’s lavish lifestyles.

    Time to break away from the Patriarchade.

  16. Bravo to the writer and all the commentators. You have said it all so eloquently! An Orthodox trucker’s CONVOY OF LIFE needs to tell Elpifophoros with their wheels, what the other convoy is messaging to Trudeau in Ottawa – WE HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN YOU! EMPTY OUT THE CORNER YOU OCCUPY AND LET US CHOOSE YOUR NEXT SUCCESSOR! But I have to tell you brothers and sisters, I think we are barking up the wrong tree. We should be snarling at Bart who gave him to us in the first place.

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