Look at it like this, George. If a Russian monastery on the canonical territory of the Russian Church, let's say in Petersburg or in Samarkand, were having difficulties with the diocesan bishop, would you recommend that it be taken under the control of Constantinople or of the OCA or of Alexandria?
Of course I would! If the former meant that they were schismatic and the latter meant that we were in Communion, of course I would! Isn't that exactly what the Patriarchate of Serbia has done in re-establishing the Archbishopric of Ohrid in the territoty of a schismatic church?? Isn't that exactly what ROCOR has done by receiving the Monastery of the Archangel Michael in Marrickville from a schismatic church?
What are you talking about?
You seem to forget that the Sacred Community of the Holy Mountain- all the other monasteries- have asked the occupants of Esphigmenou to find just one single Bishop
to commemorate other than the Patriarch of Constantinople with whom the other monasteries are in Communion, no matter what jurisdiction, with whom the Sacred Community is in Communion with, and that would be enough to re-establish Communion- and they have not. They could not find one single Bishop in the entire Cosmos to commemorate who was in Communion with the Athonite Monasteries.
Here, again, is what the Sacred Community said:
"time and again the suggestion was made to those in the Holy Monastery of Esphigmenou for them to choose for themselves and bring whomever they wish that has ecclesiastical and administrative communion with the rest of the Holy Mountain in order for Them to assume the governance of the Monastery and for Them to remain undistracted in their spiritual duties inside the Monastery or in fixings; but they did not even accept to discuss this."
Before the Rapprochement with the Moscow Patriarchate, ROCOR was not in Ecclesiastical and Administrative Communion with the Sacred Community, but now, by virtue of being under the Moscow Patriarchate since the Rapprochement, ROCOR is
in Ecclesiastical and Administrative Communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and hence, also with the Sacred Community of Mount Athos. They fit the criteria now, so why not do what the Sacred Community is asking for?