Russian Orthodox Church Abroad - Provisional Supreme Church Authority

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The ROCOR-PSCA (Provisional Supreme Church Authority) is a body composed of parishes of the ROCOR who refused to enter into communion with the Moscow Patriarchate in May of 2007. Like the ROCOR before the union, they have maintained communion with the Synod in Resistance under Metropolitan Cyprian of Fili and their sister Churches. The current head of the jurisdiction is Metropolitan Agafangel (Pashkovsky) of Odessa.


By mid-2006, a number of ROCOR parishes had made clear that they wanted no part of administrative union with the Moscow Patriarchate, retaining the status quo as it had been for most of ROCOR's existence. When it became clear that the union had de facto occurred, various Bishops were consulted for what should be done in such a case.

Following the signing of the Act of Canonical Communion in Moscow, Russia, on May 17, 2007, Bishop Agafangel declared that he did not accepted 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 and ecumenism." On May 22, 2007, Bishop Agafangel issued a statement that he and Bishop Daniel of Erie were organizing a Provisional Supreme Church Authority for those who "have remained in the ROCOR", citing authority of 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-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[1].

In practice, Agafangel 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 union.

On May 20, 2007, the members of the ROCOR Synod, meeting in Moscow, suspended Bishop Agafangel for inciting schism, disobeying lawful authority, and refusing transfer to the Buenos Aires cathedra.

At an emergency meeting of the ROCOR Synod on June 28 and 29, 2007, issued a "final letter of warning" to Bishop Agafangel, 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 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 (Kotrliaroff) as Bishop of Richmond Hill and New York Hieromonk Sofroniy (Musienko) as Bishop of Saint Petersburg and Northern Russia. These ordinations marked the final breach of the new organization, calling itself the Provisional Supreme Church Authority, with the ROCOR synod.

On November 19, 2008, the Provisional Supreme Church Authority, while organizing the diocesan structure of the Church, elected Bishop Agafangel to the rank of Metropolitan.


The current structure of the ROCOR-PSCA is as follows:

  • Metropolitan Agafangel of Odessa and Tavrich, First-Hierarch of the ROCOR-PSCA
  • 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

External Links

[Official Site]