Orthodox bishops duel over medical choice

(CHURCH MILITANT) – Eastern Orthodox bishops are bitterly divided over granting medical freedom to members of their churches who are refusing the abortion-tainted COVID-19 vaccine.

Archbishop Elpidophoros and the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA) issued a strongly worded communiqué Thursday prohibiting priests from issuing religious exemption letters "for any reason" to support conscientious objectors to the vaccine.

"Although some may be exempt from the vaccination for clear medical reasons, there is no exemption in the Orthodox Church for Her faithful from any vaccination for religious reasons, including the coronavirus vaccine," Elpidophoros categorically declared.

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