The Russian Orthodox Church has over 190 MILLION members. How many members do all the other jurisdictions have that do not support the OCA? All the jurisdictions that do not support us amount to about 5 million members. Unless you include Serbia and others into that non-supportive group, then it would be about 35 million.
Still though, 190 million vs. 35 million. That is 84% of Orthodox Christians in the world.
Of course, we cannot say that 100% of the Russian Orthodox Christians support the OCA, but still, the amount of support from the Russian Orthodox Church probably does not go as low as only 60% (which if you removed 40% of support from Russian Orthodox Church, support would be split 50/50 in the Orthodox world)
The majority of communicants commemorate through their hiearchs Met. Jonah as autocephalous.
You two do realize that the Church is not a democracy,
No, she is an absolute monarchy. The EP, however, is not said monarch.
that she is therefore not governed by majority rule?
I've never been one for popular sovereignty. Just ask Greeki.
So you two seem to think that just because the "majority" of the Orthodox world recognizes our autocephaly, the churches that don't are wrong?
No, they are wrong because their arguments don't hold water.
Sorry, bubs, but it just doesn't work that way.
Indeed, it doesn't.
Maybe the Chief Secretary should know that:
Perhaps he [Met. Jonah, excuse Jonas ] is carried away by the fact that the ecclesial schema over which he presides and which has been claimed as “autocephalous” in rampant violation of every sense of canonicity, is not recognized but by few [/b] Churches
Yes, I'm disappointed that a large number of the ancient patriarchates don't recognize the autocephaly of my church, but their refusal to recognize us is a serious issue that needs to be respected and resolved canonically. Maybe these ancient patriarchates are right, and we need to take their concerns seriously.
Actually, no. Do as I say, not as I do, is not an argument worthy of respect.
The Patriarchates of the Balkans know their own history, and the similarity of their own problems with the Phanar to those of Met. Jonah. The Chief Secretary seems to be ignorant of these matters.
Alexandria seems to have had its jurisdiction problems solved by the same man who created America's. Her history in "All of Africa" resembles that of Russia in America, and hence the OCA. Alexandria has also, in contradiction to the EP's claims, founded parishes in the Americas, especially amongst Afro-Americans.
Antioch fully admits that her jurisidction in the Americas was fully under that of Moscows. The Antiochians broke off of the Russian North American Diocese (same for the Serbs, Albanians, etc.).
Jerusalem, seeing what she is doing to her own Faithful....in addition to setting up her own organization in the New World, again....
Georgia already recognizes the OCA.
That leaves Cyprus. And maybe Sinai.
As for New Rome, how she can make her arguments with a straight face, given her arguments to Old Rome, I cannot fathom.
As it has been already pointed out, all this attack happened as a sermon. Very sad!
It is also very sad and unfortunate that during the recent election, eloquence of Metropolitan Jonah dominated over many years of dedicated service, proven missionary outreach and excellent administrative experience of His Eminence Archbishop Job (Osacky) or, actually any other Hierarch of OCA.
If Archbishop Job were the Metropolitan of OCA now, the process of Orthodox unity in USA would speed up without any controversial issues on its way.
IIRC, Bishop Job repeatedly said he didn't want the job.
I happen to know his grace personally, having converted in the same parish as he (btw, VERY CarpatoRussian, as is his grace), and many of his circle. He was adament he did not want the job, that he needed retirement (his health is not excellent). He did want to make sure that beforehand the ship of Church got back on course. She has.