It’s come to our attention that the reason there has been no follow-up regarding the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishop’s press release against the HHS mandates was because it was put out hastily by the GOA without consulting any of the other jurisdictions. As is known, the Catholic bishops have been leading the charge against the egregious infringement on religious freedom that these mandates impose. Stalwarts in the Evangelical community also joined the bishops.
When the story first broke there was an embarrassing silence from our leaders that compelled some courageous Orthodox priests and laymen (including our readers) to speak up. They questioned the apparent apathy of our Bishops which in turn provoked functionaries within the GOA hastily put out the press release. Unfortunately, they did not bother to consult with the other jurisdictions within the ACOB.
The release was a lot better than nothing, but it was still lacking. There were no signatures, no extensive reasoning and subsequently no followup. Monomakhos has learned because of this unilateral action on the part of the GOA, tensions within the ACOB have increased.
As such, this new information leads us to the unfortunate realization that not only is the GOA reactive (indeed oblivious to the broader culture), but that it feels it has the authority to go it alone if need be. This of course means that it can dictate the terms to the other jurisdictions, who I suppose are merely along for the ride (and no doubt seated at the back of the bus).
This is counter-productive and embarrasing to say the least. It certainly says a lot about the future and whether the GOA (and by extension Istanbul) feels that the other non-GOA jurisdictions are worthy of consideration.
Regardless, the primate of the GOA does have time to concern himself with more pressing matters. He spent two days in San Francisco watching Greek Dancing.
Just think of it. The Catholic bishops are pulling out all the stops to get the Obama Administration to reverse the mandates. Nothing less than a full-court press with the Congress, the media, and the people is being pursued. Yet outside of this one press release, we hear nary a peep from the ACOB –and now we understand why.
I wonder if irony is lost on the brainiacs on 79th St.