A former member of the Orthodox Church in America, Mr. Demetrios Michaelides, states that during the reigns of Metropolitan Herman and Metropolitan Theodosius as First Hierarch, there was talk of transforming the OCA into COCA: The Canonical Orthodox Church in America. This issue has arisen again, but in a different form. Our sources have revealed that it is the laymen of the Church that wish this to be so. From the current webdesign of the Orthodox Church in America, it certainly seems to be the case. We see two indicators that they wish to inform other jurisdictions of their “Autocephaly in 1970” (Source OCA.org) and the date of their “foundation” in “1794” (Source OCA.org).
As far as their claim of their foundation, various sources outside of the OCA scoff at the notion that they can claim foundation or jurisdiction over America. Indeed, it was the infamous Patriarch Meletios (Metaxakis), during his reign as Ecumenical Patriarch, whom deliberately misinterpreted Canon 28 of the Council of Chalcedon to claim “Universal Jurisdiction” of the “Barbarian Lands” to put the Greek Archdiocese directly under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to enhance the status of the Greek Archdiocese in America.
While Mr. Michaelides and our readers may think this is not spiritually good for anyone in America, we would like to take a moment to remember that the current status of “Canonical” Orthodoxy in America is that of chaos and petty bickering between jurisdictions. And these people claim to be representatives of the Faith? That issue is open to discussion and not in the sense of an Ecumenical Council presided over by the Pope of Rome, or any “Canonical” hierarch, but those whom have been steadfast in the Faith and have been true Confessors.
As for us, we can only pray Vladika Metropolitan Philaret of Blessed + Memory would come down from the Heavens and give his final sorrowful epistle (verbally) to those whom have trampled upon the Holy Orthodox Church. Let it be Blessed. (Source: Mr. Demetrios Michaelides, Hieromonk Titos: English translator)