The lights dimmed in the library meeting room, the projector screen lit up, and Bishop Basil commenced his speech in a barely audible, soft-spoken voice. Going through many images of ancient maps that showed the geographical delineations of the world according to people at the time, it was made clear time and time again that the church was quartered off according to the four patriarchates around Jerusalem and Constantinople. The north west quarter was under the Roman Patriarchate, which obviously is the jurisdiction now of the Roman Catholic church. Extending the northwest quarter, it could be interpreted, as said by Bishop Basil, that it would have rights over North America.
Someone later made the comment from an internet question that wouldn’t the Patriarchate in Constantinople have rights over North America continuing its borders north east across Russian and the Pacific Ocean. Bishop Basil replied that the new world was unknown during that time so the “lines blur” past the Old World.
The bishop goes on to say the orthodox church continues to respect the Roman patriarchate to this day, and that it is ‘unreal’ for the Orthodox to pretend like it doesn’t exist. It sounds to me that he is trying to prove his views as part of the Constantinople Patriarchate in having warm relations with the Roman Catholic church.
Many were confused as to the point of his speech, and I think the main point was that we as Orthodox have to respect the Roman Patriarchate and their jurisdiction of the north west and that we cannot establish an Orthodox Patriarchate in their jurisdiction; we have to respect their territorial integrity.