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Real Property
=== Real Property ===
In reality, some question the validity of true [[conversion]] to the Orthodox faith by members of Christ the Saviour Brotherhood. [http://www.pokrov.org/Articles/behinddoors.htm It is reported] that many of the properties once belonging to HOOM actually stayed legally in possession of HOOM long after the Order was said to be dissolved, as late as the year 2000. It has also been stated that CSB continued to operate as a non-profit organization under the HOOM name with very little change in their articles of incorporation. CSB has stated that the Holy Order of Mans name was kept registered to prevent splinter/new groups from using it. Several [http://www.gnosticorderofchrist.org/about/lineage.htm religious cults] still exist today because of the influence of HOOM. In fact, in some ways, [http://www.holyorderofmans.org/ HOOM still exists] to this day. People associated or formerly associated with CSB have pointed out that CSB has previously stated that the Holy Order of Mans name was kept registered to prevent splinter/new groups from using it, trying to allow the Order to die a peaceful death. Certain other instances of the order name on legal documents have persisted due to the logistical difficulty of changing the name. For example, one bookstore initiated by CSB members continued to use a business license that had been obtained during the HOOM days, as the particular licensing requirements had changed, and it was much easier to use the "grandfathered" license than to meet the requirements of a new license. Paul Blighton usually directed ministry teams to obtain properties in bad neighborhoods where charitable work was most needed. Ironically, these neighborhoods tended to gentrify over time, raising the value of HOOM properties, far above the initial prices paid for them. One former HOOM member quipped, "You couldn't have come up with a better real estate investment strategy if you tried." One of the primary purposes of CSB at present is to find good uses for these valuable properties. Some have become monasteries or sketes, others have been given to Orthodox parishes, and still others have become administrative or diocesan centers.
'''[http://www.raphaelhouse.org/about/history.shtml Raphael House]''', a property previously belonging to HOOM was originally an integrated charitable activity of CSB, but was incorporated as its own California [http://www.oca.org/RHArticle.asp?SID=15&ArticleID=109 nonprofit organization] in 1991. [http://www.oca.org/DOorg.asp?SID=5&LID=36 It is under] the [[OCA]] jurisdiction.
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