The OCA, if it still has a parish in Australia, and if Hawaii comes under Oceania, on which list will Abp. Stylinos put it (and the Bulgaians)?Archbishop Stylianos is merely the Chairman of the Assembly of all Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania. Under the Chambesy Rules of Operation, all decisions must be made by the consensus of all member Bishops of the each Region's Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops.
This Conference proposes that, for the transitional period where the canonical solution of the issue will be prepared, "Episcopal Assemblies" of all canonically recognized bishops in each region should be created (or founded) in each of the regions defined below. The bishops will continue to be subject to the same canonical jurisdictions to which they are subject today.
b) These Assemblies will consist of all the bishops in each region who are in canonical communion with all of the most holy Orthodox Churches
The Bishops of the Diaspora, living in the Diaspora and possessing parishes in multiple regions, will be members of the Episcopal Assemblies of those regions.
The Orthodox churches are bound not to advance actions that could hinder the above process for a canonical resolution of the issue of the Diaspora, and to do their utmost to facilitate the work of the Episcopal Assemblies and the restoration of normal canonical order in the Diaspora. http://www.scoba.us/resources/chambesy_documents/decision.html
LOL. Catch-22: under the Chambesy Rules of Operation, if the OCA still has a parish in Australia, then Bishop Benjamin (if Hawaii is to be included. IIRC the Australian parishes used to be administered by the Bishop of the West) and/or Met. Jonah, Met. Joseph (Bulgarian), Bp. Mark (Moscow), and Polish bishop get to make that decision.http://orthodoxwiki.org/Australian_jurisdictions_without_a_local_bishop
Since Moscow, Bulgaria and Poland signed Chambesy, something the Phanar has made much of as promoting Chambesy as the will of the whole Church, and the Episcopal Assembly of North America solved that problem about the OCA's canonicity, there should be no problem of these bishops to take their place on the Episcopal Assembly, now is there?
Since Abp. Stylianos exceeded his mandate in inviting the bishops of Korea and Hong Kong (the Greek ones, that is), why not the Japanese?
per the Tomos of AutocephalyAnd does the OCA have "exclusive spiritual and canonical jurisdiction over all bishops, clerics and laymen of the Eastern Orthodox confession in continental North America"?
7. The Autocephalous Orthodox Church in America shall have exclusive spiritual and canonical jurisdiction over all bishops, clerics and laymen of the Eastern Orthodox confession in continental North America, excluding Mexico, and including the State of Hawaii who are presently part of the Metropolitanate, or who shall later enter the Metropolitanate; and over all parishes which now belong or later shall be accepted into the Metropolitanate
Constantinople, Antioch, Moscow, Romania, Georgia and Greece have exclusive spriitual and canonical jusrisdiction over all bishops, clerics and laymen of the Eastern Orthodox confessions in their historical/claimed territory.
No, they do not.
These are the types of things the Regional Assemblies of Canonical Orthodox Bishops will be aiming to correct in the lead up to the next Ecumenical Synod.
Well, if they are stacking the deck down under, then that "correction" is off to a roaring start.
But why we are discussing any of this on this thread is beyond me. I merely stated what I knew of the WR situation in Australia as per the OP request.
I'll have to see if I can put my hands on it, but more than once it has been made in the GOARCH here that "WR situation" in North America will have to be "resolved," i.e. disbanded (and yes, they came out and said that), before Orthodox unity can be achieved in North America.
Btw, I just spoke today with a WRO from Denver, which has two WRO among 5 Orthodox parishes. He tells me that all 5 parishes do plenty of events together, that Bp. Isaiah remains quite supportive, and they are not "isolated," "alien" and "confused" as claimed by the Greek Diocese of San Francisco (whose bishop, btw, would be in the Oceania Episcopal Assembly too if Hawaii is in Oceania).