(Why do I even bother? Does this kid read English?)
Endorsed by Archbp. DMITRI (OCA), Bp. ISAIAH (GOA), Bp. BASIL (AOA), and Archim. Peter (ROCOR).
First, those are bishops
, not synods, not governing bodies of jurisdictions. It is certainly noteworthy that four individual bishops have offered their personal
comments of appreciation, but such does not constitute an endorsement from any Eastern Orthodox jurisdiction.
I repeat: The Faith
has never been adopted as a catechism of any Orthodox Church on this Earth, much less "the Orthodox Catechism," as the title of this tread professes. At best, we can say: "This book has been read and appreciated by several bishops, representing four different Orthodox jurisdictions."
Second, we lack even these personal "endorsements" from any bishop whatsoever from many Eastern Orthodox jurisdictions in the United States, viz. the Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA and Canada, the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America & Canada, the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church, the Carpatho Russian Orthodox Diocese in the USA, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, and the Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America -- all of which are sitting and voting members of SCOBA.
Thus, it is demonstrably false to claim that this book has been endorsed by all
jurisdictions on both of these counts.
Conclusion: Several individual bishops, who happen to come from four different jurisdications, have read and appreciated this book. No synodal body, no jurisdiction-wide authority of any kind has ever considered the matter.
VOLUME 1, THE FAITH: UNDERSTANDING ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY - AN ORTHODOX CATECHISM A comprehensive Orthodox Catechism approved by all jurisdictions.
An editor may write something on the cover of a book in order to entice people to buy it, but that does not make it true. Use some common sense.