One step short of autocephaly is autonomy. A church that is autonomous has its highest-ranking bishop, such as an archbishop or metropolitan, appointed by the patriarch of the parent church, but is self-governing in all other respects. See also Episcopalian church governance.
Their Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (BAPTs) was set to have a newly built church consecrated.
Autocephalous, or self-governing, churches get their name from the Greek words meaning "self" and "head" and are independent of other churches.
Antonyuk said the Belarusian Autocephalous Church is a challenge to the Belarusian Orthodox Church, a branch of the Russian Orthodox Church that enjoys official favor in line with President Alyaksandr Lukashenka's stated pro-Russian position.
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