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Russian Orthodox Church in Exile

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According to its website, the ROCE currently has 8 [[parish]]es, missions and home chapels, along with one convent, in the United States; 8 parishes, missions and chapels, along with 2 [[monasticism|monastic]] [[skete]]s, in Canada; 2 parishes and one convent in South America; 8 parishes in Europe; and a "[[deanery]]" of [[clergy]] and monastics in Russia. The ROCE also has a handful of clergy and laymen throughout the world which hold allegiance to it but may not have any parish associated with them.
Realistically, those parishes usually tend to be converted houses with few, if any, parishioners.
From a purely canonical point of view, this jurisdiction was formed "illegally," as no canons have actually been broken by the ROCOR (L). Upon analysis of the many justifications provided by ROCOR (V) for the formation of this church, not a single one has yet to be actually true. The claim that the ROCOR (L) have already joined into one single church (the initial argument for the schism) is obviously untrue, as there is still dialogue between the two churches related to this matter, not to mention there are no occurrences of any ROCOR (L) clergy member actively serving with an MP clergy member.
It is interesting how quickly one decides to "jump ship" instead of fighting for the true faith. For example, the all-clergy conferences for the discussion of reconciliation between the ROCOR and MP churches were a perfect venue for presenting arguments (which was done by many ROCOR(L) clergy). Where were the ROCOR (V) clergy. Instead of fighting for the true faith, they chose to run away, claiming that the fight was already over. One can only imagine what would have happened had the New Martyrs of Russia chose this option to just run away.
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