Just in brief: although the Ukainians, Carpartho-Russians and Albanians are not technically part of GOARCH, they are not under the Patriarch of Moscow, the Metropolitan of Prague nor the Archbishop of Tirana but the EP, and hence are part of the same package and name brand in North America.
Not according to His All Holiness.
Au contraire, he thinks canon 28 of Chalcedon gives him jurisdiction over any Ukrainian, Carpatho-Russian or Albania who ventures to these shores. His Chief Secretary was just here entertaining us with this novelty.
Or according to the bishops, priests and laity I have spoken with in those Churches. I imagine our posters on this forum who are members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA do not think they are the "same package and name brand" as the GOA.
I imagine that in Ukraine they do not think they are the "same package and name brand" as the PoM either. In a way, they are not in either case. But in the question at hand (as the question of canonicity in Ukraine), they are. At Chambesy, who spoke for them?
So, again, why are they accepted as peers on SCOBA?Every canonical Orthodox Church with a presence here has one SCOBA representative, regardless of how many Bishops happen to sit on the Synod from which that SCOBA representative comes (after recent events, ROCOR may as well, depending on what it agrees with the MP). Since, in several cases, the diocesan bishop is the only hierarch, he obviously must represent his Church, e.g. His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph of the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada, and Australia.
His eminence represents his Beatitude, Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria. The Ukrainian, Carpatho-Russian and Albanian bishops do not represent Pat. Kyril, or Met. Christopher nor Arb. Anastasios. They are not autocephalous: who do they comemorate in their dytichs? And hence, whom do they represent?
And hence, for the subject at hand, it is a distinction without a difference.
They do not represent a jurisdiction like the Romanian and Moscow representatives...
According to that kind of logic, neither did the Metropolia when SCOBA was founded.
Indeed, it didn't. That is the OCA's official position.