SCOBA and "Canonicity"

Just to clarify, a jurisdiction doesn’t have to have its primate belong to the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (aka SCOBA*) to be considered “canonical” according to the most commonly accepted definition. For instance, the Jerusalem Patriarchate and the Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church don’t. It’s considered enough for them to be “under” a recognized autocephalous Church.

(*-BTW, “the Americas” is obsolete. All member-primates’ jurisdictions are U.S.-based…although they do include some parishes in Canada, Mexico, and Australia[!].)


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