"Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must also be eastern. The West was 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; not under the local ROCOR Bishops. This was also confirmed by the Sobor of Bishops in 2011.