Christ established a hierarchy for the service of the faithful. That hierarchy, therefore, ought to serve, and not to rule. Its offices are a ministry, and not an authority. There is no imperium in the Church of Christ; “neither as lording it over the charge allotted to you” [1 Peter 5:3]; and the obedience of the disciples must be reasonable, and not servile.
The mission of the Church also is essentially religious and spiritual. Christ did not give it any worldly and temporal authority; He chose apostles and disciples only to lay the most strict duties on them, and thus to make examples of them for the flock. The early bishops or superintendents were only the overseers, and not master: “for one is your Master” [Matthew 23.8].
Orthodox Old Roman Catholics are engaged in restoring the true conceptions of pastor, bishop, synod, council, ecclesiastical authority, and even infallibility according to ancient traditions. The constitution of the Church is monarchical only because Christ is its only monarch. But, inasmuch as it is a society composed of men, the Church has been called from its very beginning a simple ‘church’ and it has been regarded in its universality, since the time when the question of universality arose, as a Christian ‘republic’. The early bishops did not consider their actions an aristocratic government; the words of St. Peter himself are opposed to that [1 Peter 5:3].
Elected by the Holy Synod meeting in Chicago 2017, the current Primus of the Orthodox Old Roman Catholic Communion is His Grace, ✠Jerome OSJV of Selsey.
The holy Synod consisting of both the Episcopal College and the Convocation of Clergy elect from among the Regionary bishops the “Primus” (inter pares) i.e. the “first among equals” for a term of six years. It is the privilege of the Primus to chair the Episcopal College, the holy Synod and the Primatial Council; the Primus enjoys no other privilege than being accorded first in honour among his colleagues.
✠Jerome Lloyd OSJV
Archiepiscopus Titularis Seleisi
The Most Revd Jerome Lloyd OSJV DD FRSA
Territorial Overseer of Great Britain
Regionary Overseer of Europe, Africa & Asia
Servant Superior of the Congregation of the Divine Charity
Provost of the Oratory of St John Vianney (OSJV)
✠David Persyn DD
Archiepiscopus Titularis Ludoviciana
The Most Revd David Persyn DD
Territorial Overseer of Louisiana
Regionary Overseer of the Americas
✠Cristian Andres Lisboa Morales DD
✠Charles Walders DD
North East USA Overseer
✠Nioclás Ó Ceallaigh OSF
Mid-West USA Overseer
✠Rommel N. Banag DD
✠Joash D. Jaime DD