David L. Cooper's Credentials:
David L. Cooper The Most Reverend:
David Leon Cooper, OMM, MS
Metropolitan Archbishop of the Orthodox Order
of the Missionaries of Mercy
I have listed a short list of my many credentials to verify to you that I am a valid priest.
- Archbishop Certificate
- Metropolitan Archbishop Cooper's Church Award from the California Legislature
- Consecration Certificate
Metropolitan Archbishop Cooper's original Consecration was registered in the State of Arkansas and is a matter of public record.
- LA Asian Journal
- LA Daily News Clergyman
Lines of Apostolic Succession:
- Metropolitan Archbishop Cooper's Apostolic Succession from Archbishop Walter Wood
- The Apostolic Succession from Archbishop George Bussmann (abbreviated)
Metropolitan Archbshop David Leon Cooper has Vatican succession as well as multiple Eastern Orthodox lines of succession. (Any one of which is considered valid.
The answer is best expressed in Papal utterances regarding the Orthodox, which call us:
". . . Orthodox brothers of the Catholic faith which by God's grace we share."
Pope John Paul also refers to the Orthodox churches as ". . . sister Catholic churches . . ."
Note: It is the Vatican that has said that the Orthodox share the Catholic Faith and are separated sister Catholic Churches. The Envoy Magazine article about Archbishop Cooper is misleading. The terms Orthodox Catholic and Orthodox Christian are synonymous. There are independent Western Rite Orthodox jurisdictions all over the world. Archbishop Cooper's Order does NOT have gay or women priests.