Since 1997 (before the breakdown of relationships with the [[Patriarchate of Kiev]], the Milan Synod included a number of [[Western Rite]] communities, mainly in the United States, who worship according to pre-schismatic (historically Orthodox) liturgical traditions with the support of the Metropolitan and of the [[Holy Synod]] of Bishops.
Anyway the principal rite of the Synod of Milan is the [[Byzantine Rite]] of the Orthodox Church, celebrated most commonly in the Slavic style but in some parishes in the Greek style.
On February 14/27, 2011, the Synod announced that it had granted full autonomy to its American Dioceses, elevating Archbishop of New York to the rank of Metropolitan and erecting the [[Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles]]-([[Synod of Milan]]).
The Holy Synod of Milan broke the inter-communion with the [[Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles]], due to the aggressive attitude about the Patriarchate of Moscow, about all the canonical orthodox Churches and because the "metropolitan" is in communion with the anti-Patriarch of Moscow, head of the religious group called "Raphaelites ".
For this reason the Holy Synod of Milan, judge '''temporarily suspended''' the "autonomy" given to the Metropolis of New York until a complete clarification between the two Churches and as long as the bishop of the Archdiocese of New York and the British Isles will not be completely separated from these questionable religious groups and will come back "clearly" to a sense of humility and orthodoxy of faith, proper to every Orthodox bishop.
== Ecclesiastical status ==
::* Archbishop HILARION of Austin (retired)
::* Archbishop JOHN of New York and New Jersey
::* Bishop PAVLOS of Maspeth