"Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must be Eastern. The West was fully Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable liturgy is far older than any of her heresies." -St. John Maximovitch
In addition to his normal duties as the First Hierarch of ROCOR, His Eminence, Archbishop Hilarion, also oversees all Western Rite Parishes. In 2010, the Synod confirmed that all Western Rite communities are directly under the Metropolitan and continue to be so to this day.