Abp Ofiesh - - - - - - - - - - - -Patriarch Nikon, ST.D
1st Archbishop - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1st Patriarch
This is an Orthodox Church! We follow Holy Scripture, the Sacred and Divine canons and traditions of the Orthodox Church. We require any clergy who offer the Eastern Liturgy to do the Liturgy fully and completely without changes by the clergy.
Many in the independent movement claim they have full authority to choose and ordain clergy for their diocese. This is False. Anyone ordained into a church is a clergyman of that church and not of just one diocese. In Orthodoxy there is a procedure to follow before anyone can be ordained but the independents should they are not orthodox in their bogus claim of having the authority to ordain anyone they want to.
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Some former synod members have acted in an unorthodox manner as follows and are now upset by what we have published;
Dominic spoke to Patriarch Nikon on the matter of the mandates required of the synod for all ordinations. He was fully aware the mandate was required by local church canon.
No synod was called but Dominic held a "convocation" in Florida and asked George Michael (bishop-abbot) to ordain a man without the required mandate, and this was done. The Patriarch was unaware of this ordination taking place until after the fact.
The Patriarch stated since no mandate was issued that the ordination was not valid or regular according to the canons. The ordination was not recognized as for this Church.
It was suggested to these bishops that if they would not follow the canons they might want to leave, which they did after taking a vote on or about Dec 7th.
They have decided to use a name similar to ours in their newly established independent church. Nothing they do, according to the canons, are in our name of our lines of Apostolic Succession.
A. These individuals left without the required letters!
B. They have setup a separate altar apart from the Patriarch.
C. Fail to obey the Canons
They have claimed they have the individual authority to ordain without a mandate that is required by the local canons.
The Sacred and Divine canons state a bishop shall do nothing without the advice, knowledge and consent of all which we interpret as supporting the local canon that required the mandate.
Dominic was advised a mandate could be issued if the synod agreed but he did not pursue the mandate.
The ordaining abbot stated he "spoke" by email to theologians (unnamed) who supported their claim of being able to ordain at will but it is doubtful these individuals were advised of the existing local canon. It was found that one of his "theologians" was a 3 yr seminary student!
Fmr. Metropolitan Leland stated he supported Dominic and the others, and that the canons conflict on certain matters. He went on to state that Orthodox does not mean following others, i.e. the old world orthodox.
Bp. Abbot GeoMichael
Bp Edward - advised that he was also leaving
Abp. Leland - agreed with the above
Abp. John Carroll, United Kingdom - left w/o letetrs
Bp. John Cassian, Columbus, Ohio (deposed)
Bp-Abbot Cyril, Reposed
Abp. George Paul - Reposed
Bp. Ignatus C. - Reposed
Bp. L. Falance, AZ - Reposed
Denis, Paul, Paul II and Andrei - deposed
4 clergy attempted to steal our church name
Viewed as theft of Church property these unorthodox
individuals were deposed and anathamized as the canons direct. One decree has since been lifted.
Bp. Cyril W. - Reposed
Abp. Aftimios Ofiesh - Reposed 1966
Bp. Ignatius Nichols
Left Church in 1934, Reposed as protestant pastor 1947
Bp. Sophronius Beshara
Resposed in 1940, remains moved from NY Mt Olive cemetery and reburied by Antiocians at Antiochian Village next to St. Raphael.
Bp. Joseph (Zuk),
left in 1933 to work with Ukrainians, reposed 1934