Dear all ...
The articles from the 1927 Constitution quoted herein do not reflect the mission and ministry of The American Orthodox Catholic Church in these times. Actually, this is the first time I have seen these.
To the best of my knowledge, Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh never claimed to have jurisdictional authority over any of the Orthodox Christians in the United States. His mission was simply to unite all the Jurisdictions for the purpose of bringing the Orthodox faith.
He formed the American Orthodox Catholic Church in a climate wherein there was a great deal of infighting among the Orthodox here, and he saw a sad lapse of attendance at Divine Liturgy among the younger generations of those ethnic orthodox in this country, and who cared little for the past which was being so tightly clumg onto by the ethnic Jurisdictions. That was all foreign to their experience.
He wanted to form an Orthodox Church for the American people wherein there would be no emphasis on nationality and ethnicity; wherein all Orthodox would find welcome and genuine Orthodox teaching and praxis.
That continues to be the aegis of the work of The American Orthodox Catholic Church. We do not seek to dominate anyone. We do not claim to have any jurisdictional authority over anyone. We seek simply to unite those who wish a truly American Church that brings the True Faith to all who wish to receive it without forcing upon them ethnic customs foreign to their daily experience.
I hope this clarifies our position. There has been a great deal of misinformation put out there over the years, and we have been attepmting to put all that to rest.