I agree. I really do not see any signs of any more happening that what is going on now, namely friendly relations and some intercommunion.
The American ROCOR churches would join to the OCA (North and South America would be part of the OCA), whereas the rest would be under Russia or the church where they are located,if such thing happens (one bishop,one diocese). Metr. Hilarion would then be administrator of Russian parishes, whereas Metr. Jonah would be the OCA head. Dioceses would be restructured.
Nope, not gonna happen, at least not in the next 50 to 100 yrs. Much would need to change, and much time would need to pass, before such a vision of administrative unity in the US could be achieved.
I would just add that while we should certainly desire and long for administrative unity here in the US (and elsewhere), as this is essential for the canonical ordering of the Church, we should focus now more on the internal unity that should take priority over any such administrative arrangement.
North American unity is internal unity. Its [the Dominion of] Canada and the United States of America. Not the United Nations, the Commonwealthof Independent States, the European Union nor the Arab League.
If one is in the canonically drawn boundaries of the Orthodox Church in America
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...
there is your definition of "internal."
Every local Church, in every country, has produced saints that are recognized as such by the universal Orthodox Church.
Yes, already the OCA forms no exception.
The saints of different lands have spoken different languages, perhaps used slightly different rites, etc., and yet all of the saints have one and the same phronema, mindset, worldview, and piety.
Not quite. It's not as homogenous as you make it out to be. Those who come from where the Lord came and the Church was born can see that going to Russia, Romania, Greece, etc.
When this piety increases in America and elsewhere, when mature traditional monasteries begin to flourish in all of the jurisdictions,
your tolerance of a plural there voids any point you want to make.
when American-born members of the various jurisdictions here begin to be venerated as saints,
then the administrative issues will resolve themselves.
LOL. that would be a first in Orthodoxy.
As long as there are seminaries, professors, pseudo-monasteries, and Church publications containing and promoting anti-Church, anti-Tradition, and anti-Monastic sentiments, it is pointless to speak of a healthy united Orthodox Church in this land or in any land that has not been historically Orthodox.
Most, if not all, lands "that have been historically Orthodox" would fall by that standard, Russia not excepted.
On this note, there is much affinity between the Athonite monasteries of the GOA and ROCOR despite differences in calendars and various differences between Greek and Russian practices. I also notice that St. Tikhon’s Monastery has been acquiring, advertising, and selling in their book stores more traditional Orthodox publications such as are typically sold in ROCOR and at the Athonite Monasteries. Some of the bishops in the OCA, and others in the OCA I have met, seem to have a great reverence for ROCOR and petition to be blessed with the visit of the Kursk Root Icon to their OCA parishes. While I think we are a long way off from administrative unity, I do think the Panagia is interceding for the Church, and that she through the Kursk Root Icon is laying the foundation for the healing of many divisions. This has to be our hope, but we have to be sober about the poor spiritual state of Orthodoxy in this land, and its derth of native born saints.
Duh, the local Church, as far as autocephalous, is within a lifetime. That does have a limiting factor on native born saints. SS. Boris and Gleb, the first Rus' saints (Ukrainian, Russian-I don't know if the Belarus and Carpathorussians claim them) were murdered in 1015 but not glorified until 1071, by which time the official Rus' Metropolitinate and Church was 82 years old. The Americans have a saying, "Patience is a virtue." In the meantime