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The ROCORself-styled '''"Russian Orthodox Church Abroad -PSCA (Provisional Supreme Church Authority"''' (PSCA, Русская православная церковь заграницей - Временное высшее центральное управление) is a body composed of parishes of [[parish]]es from the [[ROCOR ]] who refused to enter into [[communion ]] with the [[Church of Russia|Moscow Patriarchate ]] in May of 2007. Like the ROCOR before the union, they have maintained communion with the [[Holy Synod in Resistance ]] under Metropolitan Cyprian of Fili and their sister Churcheschurches. The current head of the [[jurisdiction ]] is Metropolitan [[Agafangel (Pashkovsky) of Odessa]]. Unlike ROCOR, they are not in communion with any canonical Orthodox Church, while even prior to reconciliation with the Moscow Patriarchate, ROCOR had maintained communion and concelebrations with the Church of Serbia, and the Jerusalem Patriarchate.
==History==
By mid-2006, a number of ROCOR parishes had made clear that they wanted no part of reconciliation between the Moscow Patriarchate and ROCOR, wishing to retain the status quo as it had been for most of ROCOR's existence. When it became clear that the reconciliation would occur after it had been approved by the [[All-Diaspora Councils#IV All-Diaspora Council|4th All-Diaspora Sobor]], various [[clergy]] began to make plans for the establishment of a rival [[Synod]].
By mid-2006, a number Following the signing of ROCOR parishes had made clear that they wanted no part [[Act of administrative union Canonical Communion with the Moscow Patriarchate|the Act of Canonical Communion]] in Moscow, retaining Russia, on [[May 17]], 2007, [[Bishop]] Agafangel declared that he did not accept the document and would "continue to abide by the status quo as it had been for most previous Bylaws of the ROCOR's existence, considering any actions of the Moscow Patriarchate to be unlawful." He accused the Moscow Patriarchate of "sins of Sergianism and ecumenism. When it became clear " On [[May 22]], 2007, Bishop Agafangel issued a statement that he and Bishop [[Daniel (Alexandrow) of Erie|Daniel of Erie]] were organizing a Provisional Supreme Church Authority for those who "have remained in the union ROCOR", citing authority of [[Ukaz No. 362|Ukase No. 362]] of Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow, dated [[November 20]], 1920. While Bishop Daniel had de facto occurredpreviously expressed reservations about the Act of Canonical Communion, there is no evidence that he ever intended to break with the ROCOR Synod; rather, various Bishops were consulted the elderly [[vicar]] for what should be done the care of [[Old Believers|Old-Ritualists]] continued to remain in such communion with Metropolitan [[Laurus (Skurla) of New York |Laurus]]. There were claims that Bishop Daniel had been placed under a caseform of house arrest on some internet journals[http://elmager.livejournal.com/56905.html], but there is no evidence that this is true.
Following the signing of the Act of Canonical Communion in Moscow, Russia, on May 17, 2007Agafangel found himself alone, Bishop Agafangel declared that he did not accepted the document and would "continue to abide supported by the previous Bylaws a handful of the ROCOR, considering any actions of the Moscow Patriarchate to be unlawful." He accused the Moscow Patriarchate of "sins of sergianism and ecumenism." On May 22, 2007, Bishop Agafangel issued a statement that he and Bishop [[Daniel (Alexandrow) of Erie|Daniel of Erieclergy]] were organizing a Provisional Supreme Church Authority for those who "have remained in and the ROCOR", citing authority majority of Ukase No. 362 of Patriarch Tikhon of Moscowhis parishes in Ukraine, dated November 20, 1920. While Bishop Daniel which had previously expressed reservations about refused to join the Act of Canonical CommunionUkrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), there is and thus would have no evidence that he ever intended to break with the [[ROCOR]] Synod; rather, part of the elderly vicar for the care of Old-Ritualists continued to remain in communion with Metropolitan Laurus. There were claims that Bishop Daniel had been placed under a form of house arrest on some internet journals[http://elmager.livejournal.com/56905.html]reconciliation.
In practiceOn [[May 20]], Agafangel found himself alone2007, supported by a handful the members of clergy and the majority of his parishes ROCOR synod, meeting in UkraineMoscow, suspended Bishop Agafangel for inciting [[schism]], disobeying lawful authority, which had refused and refusing transfer to join the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), and thus would have no part of unionBuenos Aires [[cathedral]].
On May 20At an emergency meeting of the ROCOR synod on [[June 28]] and [[June 29|29]], 2007, a "final letter of warning" was issued to Bishop Agafangel, calling on him to cease all schismatic activity. The synod also approved the members [[suspension]] of [[Abbot]] Andronik (Kotliaroff), head of the Russian Ecclesiastic Mission in Jerusalem, and other clerics that supported Agafangel. However on [[ROCORDecember 7]], 2007, with the aid of [[bishop]] s from the [[Holy Synodin Resistance]], meeting with whom ROCOR had been in communion until about a year prior to reconciliation with Moscow(though relations had been strained since, suspended and episcopal concelabrations had essentially ceased after 1998), Agafangel carried out the [[consecration of a bishop|consecration]] of [[Abbot]] Andronik (Kotrliaroff) as Bishop Agafangel for inciting schismof Richmond Hill and New York and [[Hieromonk]] Sofroniy (Musienko) as Bishop of Saint Petersburg and Northern Russia. These ordinations marked the final breach of the new organization with the ROCOR synod, disobeying lawful authority, and refusing transfer to calling itself the Buenos Aires cathedraProvisional Supreme Church Authority.
At an emergency meeting of the On [[ROCORSeptember 4]] Synod on June 28 and 29, 2007, issued a "final letter of warning" to Bishop Agafangel2008, calling on him to cease all schismatic activity. The Synod also approved the suspension of Abbot Andronik (Kotliaroff), head of the Russian Ecclesiastic Mission in Jerusalem, and other clerics that supported Agafangel. However on December 7, 2007, with the aid of PSCA received into its communion two bishops from the [[Holy Synod in Resistance]], with whom ROCOR was in communion until their impending union with Moscow was accepted fact, Agafangel carried out the consecration of Archimandrite Andronik Russian Catacomb Movement (KotrliaroffSekachev faction) as Bishop of Richmond Hill and New York Hieromonk Sofroniy |Seraphimo-Gennadian (MusienkoSekachev) as Bishop branch of Saint Petersburg and Northern Russiathe Russian Catacomb Church]]. These ordinations marked There was considerable debate over the final breach status of the new organization, calling itself the Provisional Supreme Church Authority, with the ROCOR synodtwo bishops received. On [[November 19]], 2008, the Provisional Supreme Church Authority, while organizing called what it termed the Fifth All-Diaspora Council (in reference to the diocesan structure Fourth All-Diaspora Council of the Church[[ROCOR]] which overwhelmingly supported reconciliation with the Moscow Patriarchate). Among other decisions, elected Bishop the council elevated Bp. Agafangel to the rank of [[Metropolitanmetropolitan]].
==Dioceses==
The current structure of the PSCA (as of the Sobor of November, 2008) is as follows:
The current structure *Metropolitan Agafangel of Odessa and Tavrich, First-Hierarch of the ROCORROCA-PSCA is as follows:''(America and Europe)''* Archbishop Andronik (Kotlyarov) of Ottawa and Eastern America* Bishop Joseph (Grebinka) of Washington and Florida* Bishop Gregory (Petrenko) of Sao Paulo and the Brazilia
Metropolitan Agafangel ''(Russia)''* Archbishop Sophronius (Musiyenko) of St. Petersburg and West Russia* Bishop John (Zaitsev) of Odessa Buinsk and Tavrich, First-Hierarch Volzhsk* Bishop Afanasy (Savitsky) of the ROCOR-PSCAVologda and Veliky Ustyug* Bishop Andronik George (Kravchenko) of Ottawa Bolgrad and Eastern AmericaBelgorod-Dnestrovsky* Bishop Sophroniy Kirill (Kravets) of St Petersburg Voronezh and West South Russia* Bishop Ioann Dionisius (Alfyorov) of BuinNovgorod and Tver* Bishop Afanasy Irenaeus (Klipenstein) of VologodLyon and Western Europe* Bishop George Nicholas (Modebadze) of BolgradPoti
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