November 23, 2014 (Source: http://www.patriarchate.org)
For the second time in the past 4 years, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has received an official visit from the Vice-President of the United States, Joe Biden. According to the Phanar website:
On Sunday, November 23, 2014, His All-Holiness welcomed the Honorable United States Vice President Joseph Biden to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. This is the second official visit of Vice President Biden to the Phanar, following his first visit which took place on December 3, 2011.
The Ecumenical Patriarchate, through the Greek community in the United States, has strong connections to the US Democratic Party, and to the US government in general. Patriarch Athenagoras, most responsible for the uncanonical and blasphemous “lifting of the anathemas” against the Papal religion, was elected Patriarch of Constantinople due to CIA influence and in January of 1949 was flown on the plane of then President, Harry Truman, to assume his role at Istanbul.
The Phanar has traditionally been a tool of Western intelligence and political forces, in a manner somewhat similar to which the Sergianist Moscow Patriarchate was and is to the political powers (first the Communist Party and then United Russia) in Russia.
Traditionally, the Ecumenical Patriarchate in recent memory, as well as its bishops in the United States, have refrained from commenting or supporting any moral views in the political sphere that would blatantly disrupt or conflict with the position of the Democratic Party in the United States (such as the life issue). In fact, the majority of high ranking Greek Patriarchate laity have been supporters of legal aided abortion.