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It seems many in the independent movement have decided its ok to lie and claim they are The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America (Inc.) anytime they want some sort of status or to appear to be canonically established. They will claim to be us under our name, under our short name "American Orthodox Catholic Church" or under many other names. Some even try to mislead people by taking a similar name to appear to be us.
It is not OK to lie about who you are or your lines. Most of these independents fail to follow the canons.
We have had legal problems with a number of individuals and groups. Simply stated if you are not part of the original Church and its clergy your lines do not matter. In orthodoxy when someone down the line left the Church they left their authority behind. In our case Ignatius Nichols left in (about) Sept. 1933. He had no canonical authority when he left. In 1934 he was part of the Holy Orthodox Church in America which was an independent group and not a canonically established Church.
It appears funny at times to hear these independents claim our Corporation, Service Mark and Copyrights mean nothing. If we had not protected the name and logo when we did many independents would like to have our name as a registered service mark to support their false and misleading claim that they are us. Now they just claim to be the continuation of us. They want to be us so that bad one man figured when the first service mark cancelled (we were cleaning up the logo to re-register rather than renew the original registration) this character incorporated under our name in another state and put our name, logo (service mark) church history and more on his website and claimed to be us based on the 2007 corporation. We did take him to court for infringement.
We feel all those who play church in the independent movement and claim to be who or what they are not are leading innocent people away from the true church and the Mysteries of the true church. These people will answer to the highest authority when the time comes.
As for the SCOBA groups who abused and mistreated Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh of blessed memory and whose clergy coninue to attack his memory and this church we point out that they are Schismatics and what the canons direct for those who insult a bishop - Canon LV of the 85 canons reads; If any clergyman should insult the bishop, let him be deposed from office. Since Aftimios remained head of this Church and a married bishop, was canonically ordained and his Church did not adopt the canon on married bishops and his wife later wrote he intended to remain an active, married bishop. It appears the lies published that he deposed himself or retired are false.
I would also like to point out that those who live in glass houses and allow their clergy to remarry when their Church has adopted the canons on remarriage after ordination should be careful of how they attack others.
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Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh
In his living room about 1965
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