[I seem to have got the idea from somewhere that the Catholic Church is financially helping the patriarch of Constantinople, basically keeping him from being pipe-bombed out of Istanbul.
Is that true?]
NO! What RC progaganda website did you get that from Serge? However, you have pin pointed on the main reason that the GOA here in America will never be part of an American autocephaleous Church.
The cash flow that keeps the pipe bombs in check comes fom the world wide Greek diasporia. Mainly North America rather tan Rome.
I'm not so sure about that, Orthodoc. Many in the GOA, including some hierarchs, would like to be free of the EP and part of an autocephalous American Orthodox Church. Because of their sheer numbers in relationship with the membership numbers of other jurisdictions, however, I think you'd find many members of the GOA calling for the primate of an autocephalous American Church to be *Greek* (or at the very least, a Greek-American) as a pre-condition to their being included in a present autocephaly, such as the OCA.