I assure you elite ToD shouldn't be a problem for most pugs, someone else mentioned our near completion with opt in which we were 11 manning it and had no light monk. I refuse to do all quests on norm simply because we don't have the ideal group.
When I am helping new people I don't demand that we try things on elite/epic, but when I'm just raiding for the sake of raiding, last night, I like the mix things up. We've tried DPSless, bards were our damage, eChrono, light monkless ToD, and all kinds of other stuff. Yeah, most of it fails, but who cares? The people who join those specific raids know we aren't going for a completion so much as fun.
As I mentioned, you can either get a guaranteed completion and go on timer, or you can have some fun playing this game.
I simply prefer fun.
If you don't want to read all of that...
Abbot and Elite ToD were not runs for the channel, they were both requested by friends.