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List of autocephalous and autonomous churches

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Autocephalous churches
[[Image:World canonical territories.png|right|thumb|600px|Map of the canonical territories of autocephalous and autonomous Orthodox jurisdictions ("churches"). Where a certain territory is disputed (either between two different churches or one church claims it as its territory while others consider it part of the diaspora), it is shown shaded. Click image to magnify.]]
[[Image:Europe canonical territories.png|right|thumb|200px|The European section of the above map, in closer detail. Click image to magnify.]]The '''[[autocephaly|autocephalous]] and [[autonomy|autonomous]] Orthodox churches''' are those churches (i.e. [[jurisdiction]]s) which have self-government. These churches also jurisdictions are united in doctrine and worship, they recognize each other as canonical, they are in [[full communion]], and together they constitute what is generally known simply as ''the Orthodox Church''. The use of the term "churches" to refer to the various jurisdictions is informal; strictly speaking, they are just parts of the One Church, but may also be referred to as the ''mainstream Orthodox Church'' or ''world Orthodoxy''. They all recognize one another and are in [[full communion]] with each other.
That The fact that these jurisdictions are in full communion with each other means that they constitute recognize each other as parts of the "mainstream" (i.eOrthodox Church.However, it does not necessarily mean that they are legitimately and/agree about each other's precise ''rank'' or ''status'' within the Church. The autocephaly or exclusively Orthodox) autonomy of several bodies is disputed by . This means that there is a number of groups with whom they disagreement about whether the bodies in question are self-governing or not . So, for example, some consider the Orthodox Church in communionAmerica to be self-governing, such as most while others consider it to be a part of the [[Old Calendarists]]Church of Russia.
Despite these churches all being in communion with one anotherAs a result, there is not currently unanimous agreement on which churches are considered two ways to make a list of autocephalous or and autonomouschurches. There The first way isto list only the jurisdictions that are ''universally'' recognized as self-governing. This may be called the "minimal list", however, an order which and it is followed used in international Intermost inter-Orthodox gatherings, which is included here first. There is an expanded order which The second way is to list all those jurisdictions that are recognized as self-governing by some churches, most notably the [[Church of Russia]] and its dependencies and historical daughter churches''at least one'' other jurisdiction.
Groups that are ''not'' in communion with the mainstream Orthodox Church, such as some of the [[Old Calendarists]], are excluded from both versions of the list. ==Inter-Orthodox orderMinimal list==This is a list of churches that are recognized as autocephalous or autonomous by '''all''' the others. They are shown here in the canonical order established by Church Tradition.
===Autocephalous churches===
*[[Church of Constantinople|Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople]]
*[[Church of Finland]]
==Expanded orderlist==This is a list of churches that are recognized as autocephalous or autonomous by '''at least some''' of the others. They are also shown here in canonical order.
===Autocephalous churches===
*[[Church of Constantinople|Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople]]
*[[Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia]]
*[[Orthodox Church in America]] (autocephaly recognized only by Moscow, Bulgaria, Georgia, Poland, and the Czech Lands and Slovakia)
*[[Orthodox Church of Ukraine]] (autocephaly recognized by Constantinople)
It should be noted that in the [[diptychs]] of the Moscow Patriarchate and some of its daughter churches (e.g., the OCA), the ranking of four of the patriarchal churches is different. Following Moscow in rank is Georgia, followed by then Serbia, Romania, and then Bulgaria. The remainder of the rankings beginning with Cyprus is the same.
===Autonomous churches===
*[[Archdiocese of Ohrid]]
==Formerly independent Former self-governing churches==These churches were formerly autocephalous or autonomous, but they are no longer Orthodox, or in some cases no longer exist.
*[[Church of Rome|Patriarchate of Rome]] (See [[Great Schism]])
*[[Church of Carthage]]
*[[Church of Latvia]]
*[[Church of Lithuania]]
*[[Church of Rome]] (See [[Great Schism]])
==Unrecognized independent churchesChurches in schism==The following churches are variously unrecognized by in [[schism]] from the mainstream churches as independent Orthodox Church. In other words, they are not in communion and not considered part of the Orthodox Church, although in most cases they maintain the same doctrine and/or canonicalthe same practices.
*[[Macedonian Orthodox Church]]
*[[Church of Ukraine (Kiev Patriarchate)]]
*[[Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church]]
*[[Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church]]
*[[Orthodox Church of France]]
*[[Macedonian Orthodox Church]]
*[[Montenegrin Orthodox Church]]
*[[Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church]]
==See also==

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