by George Patsourakos
Can you picture America being comprised of 50 states with no federal government and no president? This is a frightening thought, isn’t it?
Nonetheless, a similar situation exists in which nine Eastern Orthodox ethnic jurisdictions have been functioning independently in America for several decades with no American administrative leader.
Eight of these jurisdictions are of the following ethnicities: Albanian, Antiochian, Bulgarian, Carpatho-Russian, Greek, Romanian, Serbian, and Ukrainian. The ninth one is the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) which is “autocephalous” or self-headed.
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