In 1908 William C. “Billy” Durant
was the force behind the creation of the General Motors
Corporation in the United States. GM was created as an umbrella
company to support the weak and struggling Chevrolet, Buick,
Oldsmobile, Pontiac and later Cadillac automobiles companies.
In union within GM these nameplates were able to grow and
survive in Detroit. Under the GM banner these automobiles were
able to retain their charism and also avoid unnecessary
competition with one another.
In many ways I view the serious
jurisdictions within the Autocephalous Movement akin to
Chevrolet, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Cadillac –
jurisdictions with common and very unique charisms which could
be supported and enhanced by a fraternal umbrella.
Therefore, I am embolden to
propose a fraternal umbrella with the working name of The
Autocephalous Catholic Synod to invite jurisdictions within the
Autocephalous Catholic Movement to come together in association
to advance the ultimate mission of the Autocephalous Catholic
Movement – to provide Sacramental, Spiritual, Liturgical and
Pastoral Care to the People of God with the highest of possible
The key to this Synod will be the
commitment of member jurisdictions to embrace and implement the
highest of professional and ethical pastoral standards to
counter the profound lack of such standards common within the
Membership within this Synod will
not require member jurisdictions to abdicate their charisms. On
the contrary, this Synod will encourage member jurisdictions to
discern, discover and design a potential new pathway for common
Sacramental, Spiritual, Liturgical and Pastoral travel.
The prime prerequisite for
membership within the Synod will be for candidate jurisdiction
to demonstrate their pastoral pro-activity and fidelity to the
core dogmas of the historic Catholic Faith. Applications from
play-acting jurisdictions or bishops sans credentials will
not be eligible for consideration.
Under the GM corporate umbrella,
five nameplates were able to thrive and prosper within the
automotive industry. I believe that under the umbrella of the
Autocephalous Catholic Synod, serious jurisdictions have a
unique opportunity to enhance the potentiality of the ACM.
The Evangelical Catholic Church is prepared to commit to this
endeavor and I pray that the Holy Spirit will encourage other jurisdictions to consider sharing this journey.
I would welcome any thoughts, comments or feedback you may have
on this subject. Please email me at
Until then, I remain
Respectfully Yours in Christ,
Bishop James Alan Wilkowski
Presiding Bishop for the Evangelical Catholic
September 20th, 2012