Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles
The Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles is an Old Calendarist jurisdiction which was originally comprised of the Archdioceses of America and the British Deanery of the Holy Synod of Milan. It was granted Autonomous status on February 14/27, 2011 through Decree #542 of the Milan Synod. Communion with the Milan Synod ceased on April 4, 2011, and the cessation of communion was confirmed by the American Metropolia the same day.
As with other Old Calendarist jurisdictions, the Metropolia is not in communion with any of the mainstream Orthodox Churches. After the release of an official statement from Milan claiming fraternal relations with Moscow, the Metropolia released a clergy confession reiterating its rejection of ecumenism, Sergianism, modernism, and the New Calendar. Communion ceased between the Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles and the Milan Synod on April 4, 2011. The Milan Synod was required to cease communion with churches not in communion with a Patriarchate. The Sister Synod of America confirmed this cessation, attributing it to "the fact that the European Metropolia ('Milan Synod in Europe') broke communion with her sister churches, over her desire to unite with the World Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow, which has been condemned by the European Metropolia's former Sister Synods in America, Greece, Bulgaria, and at last but not least Russia (under “Metropolitan Raphael”, ex KGB agent called Леонид Семёнович Мотовилов - colonel Leonid Semionovich Motovilov)." Metropolitan Raphael actively practises procedures of nonconventional medicine.
The Metropolia is headed by two Bishops:
- John (Lobue) of New York (Italian and ex catholic Jesuit)
- Bishop FANOURIOUS of Lincoln