A brief outline of a plan for getting rid of the various jurisdictional silliness in the Church today. No more overlapping jurisdictions! Jurisdiction will be independent of rite - Byzantines, Latins, Armenians, Assyrians and all out of their home territories will all commemorate their ritual bishop, as well as the ruling hierarch (independent of rite) of their area. For obvious reasons, Churches of the Balkans will remain as they are - I don't want to stir up any more trouble with trying to place Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Georgia, Armenia, etc under anyone else. Ideally, though, all the Churches of the Balkans should commemorate Constantinople. New Catholicosates will be founded, but nominally subject to the historical ones.
PATRIARCHATE OF ROME - covers all of Western Europe. Ruling hierarch is of the Latin rite (of course).
PATRIARCHATE OF CONSTANTINOPLE - covers Greece, Turkey. Byzantine.
PATRIARCHATE OF ALEXANDRIA - covers all of Africa, with a Catholicos in South Africa. Rite: Coptic (as is only right and proper).
PATRIARCHATE OF ANTIOCH - covers most of the historical territory of the Antiochian Patriarchate. The Catholicosates of Babylon, India etc are to be under her. Rite: Syrian (as is only right and proper).
PATRIARCHATE OF JERUSALEM - uh. A really tiny one, I know - but I can't think of what else to do with her. Rite: Syrian (as is only right and proper)
The Patriarchate of Moscow may remain a Patriarchate, but must now commemorate the Patriarch of Kiev, for the Church of Russia was derived from her. I'm tempted to demote Moscow to a Metropolitanate, but that would cause more problems than it would solve. The Patriarchates of Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia (Macedonia goes back under them), remain as they are; as do the Ethiopian, Armenian, Indian Catholicosates - but with the difference that all Latins within their territories are now subject to the ruling hierarch of the native church.
What is really new about this plan is:
CATHOLICOS OF PEKING AND THE FAR EAST- nominally subject to Antioch, with jurisdiction over North Asia, meaning China, Japan, Korea. Culturally, these three countries are similar enough for a hierarch to deal with. Ideally, since the Assyrians were here first, I'd like the ruling hierarch to be of the Syrian rite, but considering adherents of the Syrian rite are rather scarce in this part of the world, I don't mind a Byzantine hierarch. Lord knows a Byzantine Hierarchal Liturgy is far more appropriately Eastern in feel for the Far East.
CATHOLICOS OF SINGAPORE AND SOUTHEAST ASIA - nominally subject to Antioch; covering Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Indo-China and all that. This will have to be a separate jurisdiction from that of the Chinese Catholicosate, as Peking will have more than enough to deal with in her territory, and nobody in SE Asia would stand for being under the Catholicos of India. Why Singapore? Possibly my own prejudice, but this really is the safest and most stable country in SE Asia. I'm tempted to prefer a Syrian rite ruling hierarch, since they were here first.
CATHOLICOS OF SYDNEY AND OCEANIA - nominally subject to Antioch again; covering Australia, New Zealand and the Islands. Latin, possibly?
CATHOLICOS OF NEW YORK; CATHOLICOS OF SAN FRANCISCO; CATHOLICOS OF RIO DE JANEIRO & BRAZIL; CATHOLICOS OF BUENOS AIRES & SOUTH AMERICA; CATHOLICOS OF MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA - these will all be Latin hierarchs, naturally. I don't know enough about these areas to say anymore, except that His Eminence Roger Cardinal Mahoney of Los Angeles will NOT, I repeat, NOT be Catholicos of San Francisco. I propose he be appointed Catholicos of Antartica, to be normally resident there!
This is a work-in-progress, and readers are welcome to give suggestions for improvement, naturally. I'll modify the post as appropriate later.