[I don't think it would be fair if the ROCOR becomes a simple diocese of the OCA?]
Why not? I am not referring to ROCOR as a complete entity. ROCOR has churches throughout the world. I am just referring to the ROCOR parishes here in the US.
According to the Tomos of autocephally, the MP cannot create new churches within the jurisdiction of the autocephalous church they themselves have created here in the US (the OCA). They also cannot increase the amount of churches they currently have within the US by accepting parishes from other jurisdictions. The agreement was that they would administer those churches that, because of past issues, did not want to become part of the OCA at the time of the signed agreement. If, and when, the individual parishes wanted to become part of the OCA they would be released to the OCA without a problem
I am only saying that I heard an unsubstantiated rumor that those ROCOR parishes WITHIN THE US would become an ethnic diocese within the OCA with their own bishops and, as such, have certain automony within the ALREADY created autocephalous church within the US. They would act as an adminstratively separate entity while being part of the OCA. And as such, their bishop or bishops would have voting privileges within the OCA Synod of Bishops on anything that involves the entire autocephalous OCA.
[If unity is finally reached, they would sure be a separate Church with its own identity and its autonomy.]
They already see themselves as such now. And administer to their parishes as such. So what would be the advantage or purpose of reuniting? You are looking at it thru western Roman Catholic administrative standards. Doesn't work.
[In this case there was another proposition, the ROCOR woud stay as a Synod Outside Russia fully recognizing the MP as a true Patriarchate in Russia and their Sacraments but preserving their canonical independence. Obviously, I hope the MP doesn't decide to give them the "autocephaly" because that would cause troubles with the Ecumenical Patriarchate which is the only one with the right to provide them this status.]
Once again, I was only referring to those ROCOR churches within the United States. The MP has already created an autocephalous church within the United States. Why would it want to create another? Besides, the canons forbid it. You cannot create TWO autocephalous churches within the same territory. And, how would this help to solve the problem of multiple jurisdictions within the same territoy which the canons forbid?
They would have the same canonical independence as a separate diocese within the OCA as they would a a separate diocese within the MP. You are confused with the terms automony and autocephally. An automonous church is administratively independent from the mother church to a certain degree. It can govern itself independently without the interference of the mother church. However, though it can elect its own bishops, they have to be approved by the mother church before they can be enthroned. And they have to go to the mother church for the Holy Chrism. That's how the Carpatho Russian and Ukranian dioceses work within the EP now.
The situation involving the churches within the US create a different circumstance because of the autocephalous church here that is not only recognized by the MP, but created by it. And, before someone comes in and with the rumor that shows up every so often, the MP has no plans or desire to rescind the autocephally of the OCA. That's just wishful thinking for some. Relationships between the MP and the OCA have come a long way in the last 30+ years.
Hopefully, if the now ROCOR parishes (which would be known as the Russian Orthodox diocese within the OCA) here in the US are administered by their own bishops time will eventually heal all wounds as it is doing between the MP and OCA. Time heals all wounds as the say.
I hope I haven't confused you. If you have questions ask .
And, let it be known that I pray for unity. I have not now, or have I ever had any hostility towards ROCOR. I consider them canonical and have no problem attending or receiving the sacraments in any of their parishes provided I am properly prepared and it is offered.