The name of ROCA
This editorial is prompted by a commentator's criticism of us on facebook (True Orthodox Nashville ROCA Non-ecumenical)
It is maybe a bit confusing, but the name of ROCA/ROCOR is nothing to argue about. And certainly not anything to criticize. I have a post on the Starting On The Royal Path blog about it, and at least one other post about it on this blog (an explanation by Daniel Everiss). I do not have time to look up those urls right now.
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Russian Orthodox Church in Exile
Russian Orthodox Church Abroad
Russian Church Abroad
All these are different names for the same Church. When you read old ROCOR writings you get familiar with the different names seeing them all used interchangably by our Church fathers.
The MP in America has never tried to use one of our names. They call themselves the Russian Church. The Vitaly group calls itself ROCiE. The ROCOR-MP calls itself ROCOR. And now the Mountain View schism is also calling itself ROCOR.
We do not use ROCA to differentiate ourselves. Our reason has nothing to do with what others are calling themselves. Vl. Agafangel uses ROCA and has a reason for doing so, but I think you have to speak Russian to understand it. For some reason, in Russian, "Abroad" is more accurate than "Outside Russia" for our current geographic and historic situation.
Also, Vl. Agafangel says Ukraine, not THE Ukraine. That should be easy to understand because we say America, not THE America.