== Introduction ==
The American Metropolis of the Genuine Greek Orthodox Church of America is an autonomous diocese of the [[Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece]] (GOC). It is also known as the [[Hellenic Orthodox Traditionalist Church of America]], or simply as the [[Greek Old
Prior to the establishment of this diocese, there were still several independent Greek parishes in North America that had not been regularized by [[Athenagoras I (Spyrou) of Constantinople|Archbishop Athenagoras]], who had been for several years going from parish to parish, bringing independents into the fold of the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America|Greek Archdiocese]]. These independent parishes sometimes looked to Greece for priests, and sometimes turned to [[episcopi vagante|vagante bishops]] such as [[Christopher Contageorge]]. The situation in general in the 1930's and 40's was one of ecclesiastical confusion, and [[Old Calendarism]] ''per se'' could be seen in some cases as a side effect of the parish remaining independent rather than as a purely idealogical position.