Carl D. Bartholomew

We believe that any independents who must lie about who they are - are neither christian nor clergy.

We now have documented proof, not only from our archives but also from the ethnic Orthodox in America, that no independent groups claiming to be the Society of Clerks Secular of St Basil or the AOCC are or could be us under any name. All such claims are clearly false. Continued claims are lies and proof these episcopi vagants are frauds. A friend went so far as to suggest these claims were anti-christian in nature.

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As Corporate President of the original 1927 Church that Archbishop Ofiesh headed I attest to the fact that the individual named and pictured below has never been associated with this Church. Also that all information stated below and elsewhere on this site is true and correct to the best of our knowledge.

We understand he is a former Roman Catholic priest. He claims to head the old Forbes group, has infringed our Service Mark, has threatened us, defamed us, has published lies - claiming he heads the 1932 Aftimios Church (no such thing) and earlier published he headed the Aftimios 1937 Church (again no such Church). Since the original constitution requires Aftimios or his legal successor, the presiding bishop of the 1927 Church, to be the president of all our Church corporations any claim of a 1932 group headed by someone other than the head of the 1927 Church (us) is groundless.

Signed: Most Rev. Victor Prentice
The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America,

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Archbishop Alexander
(Carl D. Bartholomew)

An independent Old Catholic bishop
of the Holy Orthodox Church - AJ
Founded by Bp. Francis Forbes

Pokrov Article

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According to their own claims they are not part of THEOCACNA:

1. It has been claimer that Turner was ordained by Ignatius (Wm. A.) Nichols who had been consecrated as a bishop of The Clerks Secular of Saint Basil® after Ignatius left Orthodoxy and married.

Actually Nichols married and left the Church in June 1933 and in 1934 was a bishop in another Church and Synod (documented). No act after June 1933 was done in the name of THEOCACNA and we believe all such claimed documents are forgeries.

2. Not all members of the Society of Clerks Secular of Saint Basil® entered the Antiochian Church.

3. When Alexander Turner entered the Antiochian Church he was incardinated as a priest not as a bishop.

4. That father Forbes was the sole surviving Basilian in the Antiochian Church when he left the (Canonical) Antiochian Church and was later consecrated by independent bishops. These bishops were not part of the THEOCACNA Society of Clerks Secular of Saint Basil® and not with The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North

5. Father Forbes was never part of the Society of Clerks Secular of Saint Basil of THEOCACNA/AOCC.

Nichols did not act with any authority from THEOCACNA. Thus the ordination of Turner was not on behalf of this Church, or the SSB of this Church, and without any authority from this Church.

Since "all" SSB members did not enter the Antiochian Church the Society of Clerks Secular of Saint Basil as such did not leave one jurisdiction to enter another. This tells us that only members entered as individuals and re-established the Antiochian SSB.

Father Forbes was a priest of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, not THEOCACNA. He was the sole member of the SSB of the Antiochian Church, not THEOCACNA. He was ordained a bishop by bishops not associated with THEOCACNA.

The Church Forbes established was not canonically established in the eyes of any Orthodox.

Over 20 years later this unincorporated group continued to use that name and their "Metropolitan" decided to claim to be the head of The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America. Not the Canonically established Church Chartered in 1927 but the head of a 2007 corporation Bartholomew setup in Florida

Bartholomew claims the Church headed by Abp. Ofiesh was "established by" Abp. Ofiesh which is clearly false. Abp. Ofiesh was appointed to head the Church that was canonically established by the Synod of Bishops in North America of the Russian Orthodox Church - Moscow Patriarchate.

We believe this and bogus forms published on their website show premeditation in their plan to commit Identity theft, fraud, and Service Mark infringement and dilution.

Their new "primate" appears, from online information, to be a former Roman Catholic Priest and not Orthodox based on his claim of lines of Apostolic Succession being in the Catholic manner of Episcopi Vagantes. In Orthodoxy Episcopi Vagantes are not recognized because in Orthodoxy a bishop leaves all authority when he leaves the Church.

Carl Bartholomew claims on his website to have been Chartered in 1932, previously he claimed 1937, in New York and he claims the organization is active but unknown as to its name. That charter appears to be under another name and no information has been located.

They are claiming our history now, they previously have used our Logo and name, our legal service mark. This is service mark infringement, dilution of our mark, fraud and identity theft.

Based on the claims of legal action against us if we sent him any documents (claims of our identity) by Mr Bartholomew and his continued BrieF History claiming to be the Church of Abp Ofiesh (American Orthodox Church) we believe him to be a liar who intends to deceive, mislead and infringe our legally owned property and our history.

Abp. Ofiesh never used the name "American Orthodox Church". That is a name used by many independents. Our short name is "American Orthodox Catholic Church"sm and is a service mark of this Church under common law. A number of old catholics use this name (service mark) without our permission in an effort to pass themselves off as THEOCACNA. They act contrary to the Sacred and Divine Canons of the Orthodox Church, they ordain women and they do not come from the Historic Church.

This Abp. Alexander, (A/K/A Carl D. Bartholomew) who claimed to be the Primate of both the Holy Orthodox Church - AJ and The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in America, then he dropped "North", does not even appear to be Orthodox and appears to head his little Florida Corporation whose name he has stolen from The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America. Since the Holy Orthodox Church - American Jurisdiction had no been incorporated for years the clergy can be held liable for their acts individually.

If you look up this Metropolitan Archbishop Alexander online under his true name - Carl D. Bartholomew you can read about this individual. He has no valid sacramental authority from The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America. Since he is not a true bishop or priest of this Church he cannot have any true sacramental authorty, at least not from this church, as it is derived only from the Church as Orthodox Canons direct.

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Our Church name and logo are the legal property of The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America under common law since the name and logo have been used since 1927 or for over 80 years, and since the name & logo have been the Registered service mark of the Church since 2000 (until 2007) it is the legal property of The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America and not up for grabs by anyone who feels they want to be THEOCACNA.

The law does not require a continuous registration of a service or trademark. Use and ownership for 5 years gives you full ownership. We have had the name since 1927 and claim commonlaw ownership since 1932. We claim Ownership under the law since we registered the name with the USPTO in 2000 and our service mark (name and logo) were legally ours since 2005.
15 USC § 1065

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We are the one and only Church that was established by the Russian Synod in North America and headed by Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh of blessed memory

The website and photographs are Copyrighted. Our name and logo are Registered or claimed Service Marks of this Church (Corporation). Our name and logo are also Registered with the State's of Arizona and Tennessee. Any unauthorized use of our name and logo (Our mark) or copyrighted materials will be considered infringement and theft of our legal property. Anyone claiming to be us or part of this Church and not shall be considered guilty of fraud.

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