“Not feasible”, says Metropolitan Philip of the Antiochian Archdiocese in a recent interview. The reason is rather simple: who would ever recognize it? He states: “The so-called Mother Churches opposes that. Patriarch Bartholomew opposes that. He cannot stand the word Orthodox Unity, for example.” Instead of autocephaly the metropolitan suggests some “creative thinking”:
“…we could have a Synod of Bishops. We have a new situation here in North America and we need some creative thinking. We need some innovation to have a Synod of canonical Bishops.”
Technically speaking, we already have this with SCOBA. In other words, the metropolitan is saying to the Europe bishops who met in Chambesy – Leave us alone. Or, as he says about them:
“They do not know anything about America, all those representatives, nothing.”
Read the interview here.