THE ORTHODOX-CATHOLIC CHURCH OF AMERICA




At the 2002 annual meeting of the Synod of Bishops of The Orthodox-Catholic Church of America the Metropolitan Archbishop, E. Brian Carsten, expressed his belief that there was a need to clearly identify the nature of the relationship between the Church and the membership.

Archbishop Carsten reminded those in attendance that the Church is a non-profit organization organized under the laws of the state of Indiana. Its governing body is the Synod of Bishops chaired by the Metropolitan Archbishop. It does not own any property nor does it have any employees. Its operations are financed through donations. It retains only that amount of money necessary to meet current operating expenses and distributes the rest.

The priests ordained by the Church are responsible for their congregation. They organize their congregation as they and their members deem appropriate.

The relationship between the Church and the congregation, consisting of its priests, deacons and members, is based upon their shared beliefs. There is no legal relationship between the Church and the congregation.

The Synod of Bishops voted to adopt the foregoing comments of Archbishop Carsten as an accurate description of the relationship between The Orthodox-Catholic Church of America and its membership. The secretary of the Synod of Bishops shall provide each priest with a copy and the information herein contained, shall be disseminated to the congregations.

Dated this 27day of July, 2002
THE ORTHODOX-CATHOLIC CHURCH OF AMERICA
By: E. Paul Brian Carsten, Metropolitan Archbishop