Monday, October 17, 2016

Official Statement


Official Statement
Concerning the Formation and Establishment
of the
Autocephalous Orthodox Catholic

Church of the Americas

Let it be known that on this, the 14th day of October, the 17th Week after Pentecost and the Feast of the Holy Martyrs Gervasius, Protasius and Celsus of Milan, and St. Cosmas the Hymnographer, in this, the Year of Our Lord, 2016, the Formation and Establishment of the Independent Orthodox Catholic Episcopal Jurisdiction, henceforth to be known as the:
           Autocephalous Orthodox Catholic Church
                                     of the Americas
This Jurisdiction has been formed by the unification of the New Warrior Ministry under the Episcopal Jurisdiction of the Right Reverend Bishop +William - (Monk Michael):
                                            
                                        
and St. Basil's Missionary Orthodox Catholic Church under the episcopal Jurisdiction of the Most Rev. +Gregori:
                                           


As an autocephalous (meaning literally "self-heading) church jurisdiction, we are not under the jurisdiction of any established patriarchate. This jurisdiction  shall be governed by a Holy Synod composed of all of the bishops, priests, deacons, monks, and representatives from the laity, who shall elect a Metropolitan Archbishop who shall serve as the head of this jurisdiction for a four year term.


As an autocephalous church, we retain the absolute right to consecrate our own Holy Chrism, elect our own bishops, train our own clergy, establish our own monastic communities, among other prerogatives unique to all autocephalous churches.

Both the New Warrior Ministry and St. Basil’s Missionary Orthodox Catholic Church, shall maintain their individual autonomy under the jurisdiction of the Autocephalous Orthodox Catholic Church of America. 

 We welcome and seek communion with other like minded independent Orthodox Churches, which after careful investigation, have been proven to hold sound and traditional Orthodox beliefs and which hold and advocate strict adherence to all of the Orthodox Canons as put forth in the "RUDDER".




WHAT IT MEANS TO BE ORTHODOX

The word “orthodox” means “right belief” or “right praise.” We uphold all of the teachings, traditions and moral values that have been handed by Jesus to His Apostles, and from the Apostles to us today.
The values, usually termed “Judeo-Christian” have never parted from Orthodoxy. These values are; that  sexual expression is a treasured gift, to be exercised only between a man and woman within the bonds of marriage. We believe that homosexual acts are a grave and mortal sin, but we do welcome persons with homosexual or other extramarital sexual impulses as fellow servants of God, receiving loving support as they make an offering to God of their chastity. However, we will never allow or perform any same-sex marriages or bless any same-sex unions, nor will we recognize any so-called same-sex marriages or unions performed else where, either in a "church" or by civic magistrate or other public official. As for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, we believe and hold that marriage is a commitment for life. Divorce is a very grave action, and is only sanctioned by the Church for very grave reasons. Remarriage in the Church after a divorce, is granted after a period of time followed by repentance.
 
 Orthodoxy has always stood fast against abortion since the earliest days of the church. The Didache (circa A.D. 110) states, “Do not murder a child by abortion or kill a newborn infant.” In the midst of a culture which freely practiced abortion, infanticide, and the exposure of infants, early Christians were a consistent voice against violence, as the Orthodox Church continues to be today. 

The mission of the A.O.C.C.A, is to be faithful to the teachings of Christ Jesus, the traditions handed down to us by the Apostles and the Fathers of the Church. We will care for the poor and disadvantaged, which has always been a concern for the Orthodox Church which is proven through the strong ser­mons of Saint John Chrysostom, written in the fourth century. And finally, the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of America will remain faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

Signed on this 15th day of October, in the year of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by:

 





                                          





 
 

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