Archbishop Propheta was actually a Mitred Archpriest with the UOCA began by Archbishop Joseph Zuk, and was its Chancellor under Archbishop Bodhan Schpylka, who was consecrated by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople for the UOCA after Archbishop Zuk's death.
So he used to be an Orthodox priest like I read. Also, I understand from Samer that 'Title Surname' isn't only Roman Rite usage but Arabic Orthodox as well, but isn't the Slavic
Orthodox custom 'Title First Name' so it'd be 'Archbishop Walter
' (Vladimir, Volodymyr)?
Propheta left the UOCA after a rubrical disagreement with Archbishop Schpylka ... The rubrical disagreement stemmed simply from this ... Archbishop Propheta left the UOCA because the Parish pastored by Propheta - St. Mary's in Plainfield, NJ - sought to have English brought into the Divine Liturgy and Archbishop Bodhan Schpylka would not sanction a change from the traditional Church Slavonic.
That would get a sympathetic reaction today and of course in this forum where many Orthodox speak only English. That schism seems to put Propheta in the category of people not exactly vagantes
but in a grey area outside the recognised Orthodox but not really seen as 'other' either, like the Ukrainian Orthodox Church itself before going under Constantinople, or the Bulgarian Church after it initially broke with C'ople. (Nationalist splits, which often reconcile with the larger church and thanks to economy have their orders accepted without reordination etc.)
But the proliferation of vagante
groups that claim him as a founding father confirms the stories I've been told - by an ex-priest of Propheta's and by Archimandrite Serge (Keleher), a Russian Catholic priest - that he ordained just about anything that moved. So if he was outside the recognised Orthodox communion and didn't act like an Orthodox bishop, then he wasn't an Orthodox bishop. He may have been a kind man, anti-Communist, etc., but that's not the issue.
And since most Orthodox in America have come around to accepting Propheta's use of the local vernacular, why have a separate Propheta group and not simply be Orthodox again?
then was consecrated by two Archbishops in absolutely valid succession to Aftimios Ofiesh
Please re-read Anastasios', my and cleveland's posts in this thread. Propheta may have been seen as a valid but irregular bishop by the Roman Catholic Church* but 'valid succession' by itself, outside the context of the recognised Orthodox communion, means bubkes
to the Orthodox. Such might be received in his orders economically but outside that communion he's part of the great unknown ('we know where the church is; we can't speculate regarding where she is not'), as 'valid' or not as your town's Methodist minister. IOW, he was a non-Orthodox bishop of a non-Orthodox group.
And thank you for the welcome to this list. We are here to try to break down walls rather than build new ones.
The moderators and regulars here, including those who represent the Orthodox, are in a position to answer your thanks but as an observer I think it's fair to expect to be welcome but with the understanding that here you are considered a non-Orthodox bishop. That's not an insult, simply a logical conclusion of the ecclesiology this site promotes (which I understand is what Orthodoxy teaches).
*And maybe/probably not because Fr Aidan Nichols says Rome holds that the Orthodox have the power of the keys over their own people, which applies to Propheta as a born Orthodox. Thus because the Orthodox don't recognise his episcopacy, neither does Rome.