The controversy that has erupted because of the possible inclusion of Bp Mark Maymon’s name to the slate of candidates for the OCA shows little signs of abating at present. Regardless, it has been very edifying in many ways.
Rather than embroil ourselves further in the fitness of the erstwhile candidate himself, questions have come to the fore regarding the viability of the Diocese of the South vis-a-vis the other dioceses. As certain correspondents (and your truly) have indicated, the Diocese of the South is the “financial backbone” of the OCA.
Yesterday, one correspondent requested that we provide evidence for this assertion. Here it is. This report was presented to the newly-installed Metropolitan Council which met in Feb 21-23, 2012. It’s a good report and it has a lot of insights, but for our purposes, please scroll down to page 11 “Evangelization and Parish Evangelization,” (Ivanoff: years reported 00-06), so you can judge for yourself.
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Note: only two dioceses grew in the first six years of this decades: the South and the West, with the South far exceeding the pace of growth in the West. Only one other diocese in another jurisdiction (the Diocese of Wichita and the Midwest in the Antiochian archdiocese has experienced comparable growth).