There are two “canonical” Romanian Orthodox jurisdictions in North America (mostly), now seemingly talking more seriously about reunion than ever before.  The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate* of America has been part of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) for a couple generations.  The smaller Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese* of the Americas is part of the Patriarchate of Romania (abbreviated English available).  They split up after World War 2, among other reasons, over allegations of Communist government control over the Patriarchate.  Now it looks like they might form a united “autonomous” jurisdiction “in canonical relationship with (not under) the Romanian Orthodox Church.** ”  I don’t know what that means exactly.  They seem to have over 100 parishes between them in the U.S., Canada, and South America (ROAA).  On the ROEA side, their clergy and diocesan congress are slated to look at the proposal next month, but apparently alot of organizational details remain to be worked out with ROAA before it’s finalized.  Also, the OCA Synod would have to approve, having jurisdiction over ROEA.

Here’s OrthodoxWiki’s ROEA piece.  And here’s their ROAA one.

This is being said to promote Orthodox Unity in America, I suppose because intra-ethnic reconciliation would have to happen sooner or later, for overall, pan-ethnic unity to happen.  ROAA’s Ruling Archbishop NICOLAE is young, relatively new on the job, and from Romania; ROEA’s Ruling Archbishop NATHANIEL – a convert (if that’s the right word) from the Romanian Byzantine Catholic Church*** – is a long-time advocate of unity among canonical Chalcedonian Orthodox here, and U.S.-born.  Let’s pray that the All-Holy Spirit of God who filled the Body of Christ at Pentecost / Trinity Sunday, lead both groups to shine forth God’s Uncreated Glory and Energies!

(*–ie, bishopric or diocese; Rom. [arhi]episcopia)

(**–By “Romanian Orthodox Church,” they mean the Patriarchate.)

(***–Officially, “the Romanian Church united with Rome, Greek-Catholic,” ie, Byzantine.)

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  1. Quite simply, the new body would have the same relationship to Bucharest as the ROCOR now has to Moscow. Indeed, it would not be surprising to see that the final document on this reunion would be very similar to that signed by the MP and the ROCOR in the Khram Spasitelya on 17 May 2007. It would be “under” the Patriarchate of Romania in the same way the ROCOR is “under” the MP.

    Before there can any Orthodox “unity” in the Americas, the diasporas must become unified bodies. This has happened amongst Greeks and Serbs, it is happening amongst Romanians as we speak, and now we must unify the Russian diaspora (ROCOR/MP/OCA). Unity of “all” bodies as a unified structure is centuries in the future, and all who look for such in the near future are deluded. Russia received autocephaly in 1448, 460 years after its baptism. The church in America is much too immature to even consider such.

    Vara Drezhlo

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