When we attempted to post an article about THEOCACNA, THE HOLY EASTERN ORTHODOX CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA, We received a welcome email from one of the priests who "control" that site and he had deleted our page stating we were not part of traditional orthodoxy.
This individual, as we understand it, a priest of the Antiochian Church has a conflict of interest in this matter.
a. He wrote a thesis on this Church for his degree. If he is proven false he would be embarrassed to say the least.
b. The webpages posted on Orthodoxwiki about our Church contain much speculation that when you take it all and list it proves they have no documentation but are publishing assumptions to make their Church look so upstanding while attacking THEOCACNA (THE HOLY EASTERN ORTHODOX CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA) and Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh of blessed memory.
Examples of their unsupported and undocumented claims, that conflict, printed on orthodoxwiki:
Abp. Ofiesh deposed himself when he married.
*Denied by THEOCACNA Archives and Mariam Ofiesh.
Abp. Ofiesh retired when he married. *Denied by THEOCACNA Archives and Mariam Ofiesh.
Abp. Ofiesh was suspended by Bp. Sophronius (about Sept. 1933).
*One bishop cannot act canonically against another bishop and in this case his superior.
Abp. Ofiesh was responsible for the many Episcopi Vagants claiming lines to
this Church - THEOCACNA (THE HOLY EASTERN ORTHODOX CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH
IN NORTH AMERICA).
*Most of the claims trace back to Ignatius...After he left THEOCACNA in 1933.
*A few claimed lines trace to Sophronius where they claim Sophronius, assisted by Noli, consecrated Contegeorge when in fact Noli did.
Mariam Ofiesh wrote in the Biography of Abp. Aftimios that he fully intended to continue as a married bishop. (also stated on wiki)
That Bp. Joseph (Zuk) and Bp. Ignatius (Nichols) an Auxiliary bishop held a
"synod" to elect the new head of the Church believing Abp. Aftimios had
*Bp. Joseph denied this (on wiki).
*Its also published on wiki that they stated the canon on married bishops was a European and Asiatic canon that had no bearing on the American Church.
That Bp. Ignatius left the Church (without the required letters) in June 1933
and married. (also on wiki)
That Bp. Sophronius excommunicated Bp. Ignatius (about) October
*Maybe a good idea but contrary to the canons since one bishop cannot excommunicate another.
That Bp. Sophronius is buried next to St Raphael in Antiochian
*Is this some reward for claiming he violated the canons to support their bogus claims? It was published that Sophronius congratulated the couple when they returned home so why later violate the canons and claim to suspend your Archbishop?
One big statement they publish is that the Greek Archbishop (Alexander) of
the new diocese of North and South America told Aftimios, in 1929, that he
(Alexander) and not Aftimios was over all Orthodox in America.
* No canonical basis for this claim!
* Usurping the Authority of THEOCACNA
* This claim is the basis of the Schism in American Orthodoxy
To show how unchristian the ethnic Orthodox are and how afraid of Abp. Ofiesh and his church they continue to be they refer to his church as no longer existing and his church today as an independent group claiming the corporate rights to the names "The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America" (THEOCACNA and "American Orthodox Catholic Church" (AOCC).
It is assumed that Metropolitan Philip supports all these conflicting claims. He was contacted about this and appears to have ignored the request that was sent to him. But then again how "Orthodox" is Philip who is seen more often without a beard. He does not seem to set a good example for his clergy in a few areas.
Claim: The American Church was not recognized after Abp. Ofiesh married!
Much of the above that they publish when all compiled together conflicts and clearly shows these claims are hearsay.
They do not allow THEOCACNA to publish their history to refute the false information by those with a conflict of interest. It is believed that Philip wants to claim to be the American Church since his Church is, or has been, more recognized by the Ecumenical Patriarch over the years. The OCA has its own problems over recognition.
The OCA was Chartered in 1970, 43 years after we were canonically Chartered.
Their people have been writing books for years and their inaccurate claims appear to be an attempt to change history.
Bishop Alexander created the Schism and it is believed that this happened with the blessing and support of Patriarch Basil III. This would not have occured without his support.
The other orthodox jurisdictions in North America followed suit and turned their back on THEOCACNA. Thus they were party to the Schism.
The Russian Church, our mother Church, also abandoned this Church.
The Russian Church chartered the OCA in 1970 to act within our canonical jurisdiction.
By praying with Schismatics the OCA, along with all the other jurisdictions who turned their backs on this Church, suffer the canonical punishments for Schism.
They have been in Schism with American Orthodoxy since 1929. Their behavior, claims and public treatment of long dead canonical orthodox clergy suport this claim. Since a bishop is supposed to know the canons their "bishops" should have prevented these acts but by their silence they appear to support these actions.