Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Director of External Affairs of the Russian Orthodox Church, recently made public visits to GOAA Archbishop Demetrios of America, AOCANA Metropolitan Phillip. and ROCOR's offices, I'm not sure if he met with Metropolitan Hilarion. The press releases indicate they discussed "Orthodoxy in America," among other routine topics. Is there any indication he met with any OCA representative? He must have discussed the current situation in the OCA, don't you think?
It wouldn't really matter much if he did. Moscow is hands-off when it comes to the OCA now, or at least they've said as much. If we are autocephalous they argue we should act like it and not run crying to our mommy every time we scrape our knee.
I can't really wait until the Pan-Orthodox Council and the completion of the work of the Assembly of Bishops, that way we can get rid of this jurisdictional mess and actually have a real unified church here.
As for the Monomakhos comparisons with a "robber council" and the upcoming AAC. I think they fail to realize how stupid they sound, and they really should pick up some history books on the Byzantine Empire and read about the robber councils. In most of the robber councils, the Orthodox parties were not involved or invited. The AAC is everyone on all sides in attendance with equal votes.
They have no real evidence that the Bishops are all corrupt power-hungry connivers. As for the election of the Metropolitan, I seriously doubt that the Bishops will try to repeat the election of Metropolitan's Herman & Theodosius where the synods at the time went against the popular vote.
If the people vote for a candidate, and the synod chooses a different Bishop, I fully expect the people to shout Anaxios. However, we have no evidence that they want to do so. Just because it has happened twice before doesn't mean it will happen again, but that also doesn't mean it won't.
The Bishops aren't stupid and they aren't evil. They fully realize the delicate situation they have. To pull another Metropolitan Herman type election would guarantee that a lot of parishes would leave the OCA and jump to the Antiochians or Greeks. It doesn't make any sense for them to try some ridiculous power-grab.