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The self-styled '''"Russian Orthodox Church Abroad - Provisional Supreme Church Authority"''' (PSCA, Русская православная церковь заграницей - Временное высшее центральное управление) is a body composed of parishes [[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 churches. 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 [[Church of Jerusalem|Jerusalem Patriarchate]].
By mid-2006, a number of ROCOR parishes had made clear that they wanted no part of administrative union with reconciliation between the Moscow Patriarchateand ROCOR, retaining wishing to retain the status quo as it had been for most of ROCOR's existence. When it became clear that the union reconciliation would occur after it had de facto occurredbeen approved by the [[All-Diaspora Councils#IV All-Diaspora Council|4th All-Diaspora Sobor]], various Bishops were consulted [[clergy]] began to make plans for what should be done in such the establishment of a caserival [[Synod]].
Following the signing of [[Act of Canonical Communion with the Moscow Patriarchate|the Act of Canonical Communion ]] in Moscow, Russia, on [[May 17]], 2007, Bishop Agafangel bishop Agathangel (Pashkovsky) declared that he did not accepted accept the document and would "continue to abide by the previous Bylaws of the ROCOR, considering any actions of the Moscow Patriarchate to be unlawful"." He accused the Moscow Patriarchate of "sins of sergianism Sergianism and ecumenism"." 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 ROCOR", citing authority of [[Ukaz No. 362|Ukase No. 362 ]] of Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow, dated [[November 20]], 1920. While Bishop Daniel had previously expressed reservations about the Act of Canonical Communion, there is no evidence that he ever intended to break with the [[ROCOR]] Synod; rather, the elderly [[vicar ]] for the care of [[Old Believers|Old-Ritualists ]] continued to remain in communion with Metropolitan [[Laurus(Skurla) of New York |Laurus]]. There were claims that Bishop Daniel had been placed under a form of house arrest on some internet journals[<ref>]</ref>, but these statements were untrue.
In practice, Agafangel Agathangel found himself alone, supported by a handful of [[clergy ]] and the majority of his parishes in Ukraine, which had refused to join the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), and thus would have no part of unionthe reconciliation.
On [[May 20]], 2007, the members of the [[ROCOR]] synod, meeting in Moscow, suspended Bishop Agafangel Agathangel for inciting [[schism]], disobeying lawful authority, and refusing canonical transfer to the Buenos Aires [[cathedral]].
At an emergency meeting of the ROCOR synod on [[June 28 ]] and [[June 29|29]], 2007, issued a "final letter of warning" was issued to Bp. AgafangelBishop Agathangel, calling on him to cease all schismatic activity. The synod also approved the [[suspension ]] of Abbot hegumen [[Andronik (Kotliaroff)]], former head of the Russian Ecclesiastic Mission in Jerusalem, and other clerics that supported AgafangelAgathangel. However on [[December 7]], 2007, with the aid of bishops [[bishop]]s from the [[Holy Synod in Resistance]], with whom ROCOR was had been in communion until their impending union about a year prior to reconciliation with Moscow was accepted fact(though relations had been strained since, and episcopal concelabrations had essentially ceased after 1998), Agafangel carried out the [[consecration of a bishop|consecration]] of Abbot hegumen Andronik (Kotrliaroff) as Bishop of Richmond Hill and New York and [[Hieromonk Sofroniy ]] Sophronius (Musienko) as Bishop of Saint Petersburg and Northern Russia. These ordinations marked the final breach of the new organization with the ROCOR synod, calling itself the Provisional Supreme Church Authority.
On [[September 4]], 2008, the PSCA received into its communion two bishops from the non-canonical [[Russian Catacomb Movement (Sekachev Sekach faction)|"Seraphimo-Gennadian (Sekachev) branch " of the Russian Catacomb Church]]. There was considerable debate over the status of the two bishops received.  On [[November 19]], 2008, the Provisional Supreme Church Authority called what it termed the Fifth All-Diaspora Council (in reference to the Four Fourth All-Diaspora Council of the [[ROCOR]]) which overwhelmingly supported reconciliation with the Moscow Patriarchate). Among other decisions, the council elevated Bp. Agafangel Agathangel to the rank of [[metropolitan]].
The current structure of the ROCOR-PSCA (as of the Sobor of November, 2008) is as follows: *Metropolitan Agafangel of Odessa and Tavrida, First-Hierarch of the ROCA-PSCA ''(America and Europe)''* Archbishop Andronik (Kotliaroff) of Ottawa and Eastern America* Bishop Joseph (Grebinka) of Washington and Florida* Bishop Gregory (Petrenko) of Sao Paulo and Brazil ''(Russia)''* Archbishop Sophronius (Musiyenko) of St. Petersburg and West Russia* Bishop John (Zaitsev) of Buinsk and Volzhsk* Bishop Athanasius (Savitsky) of Vologda and Veliky Ustyug* Bishop George (Kravchenko) of Bolgrad and Belgorod-Dnestrovsky* Bishop Cyril (Kravets) of Voronezh and South Russia* Bishop Dionysius (Alfyorov) of Novgorod and Tver* Bishop Irenaeus (Klipenstein) of Lyon and Western Europe* Bishop Nicholas (Modebadze) of Poti
*Metropolitan Agafangel of Odessa and Tavrich, First-Hierarch of the ROCOR-PSCA==References==*Bishop Andronik of Ottawa and Eastern America*Bishop Sophroniy of St Petersburg and West Russia*Bishop Ioann of Buin*Bishop Afanasy of Vologod*Bishop George of Bolgrad*Bishop Joseph of Washington<references/>
==External link==
*[ Voices of Reason]* [http://sinod.ruschurchabroad.comorg Official Site]* [http:// Official News Site]
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