I am completely against the lifting of the anathema of 1054. I mean, the roman catholic church has not changed their very important differences between us -papal infallibility, immaculate conception, original sin, created Grace, filioque, gregorian calendar and the change of the Paschalion (which councils accursed whomever would change them), "vicar of Christ" and its inherent meaning- since then, so why lift the anathema? -why is a sole Patriarch or one particular Patriarchate taking such action? Aren't we a conciliar Church?
I am completely fine and in agreement with having cordial and open dialogue with the heterodox and even other religions like islam and judaism. The problem is joining them in prayer and in "ecumenical liturgies" like in the activities of the WWC: something that was accursed and specifically condemned in previous councils and became Canons of The Church.
Aside from this, other tragic outcomes of the ecumenical movement have been the accepting of heretical baptisms, saying that we're all "co-inheritors of the promises of Christ" (yes, it was said by the Oecumenical Patriarchate!). In other words, seeing "the true expression of what The Church is could only be found in the syncretism and combination of ALL Christian bodies, including our Church." Thus, accepting ALL christian confessions as part of "The Church"! This obviously, eliminates our Church from calling herself "The True and Original Church", "The Body of Christ", "The people of God", "The New redeemed Israel", etc. We can forget about the Hymns of Sunday of Orthodoxy, especially: "This is the faith of the apostles! This is the faith of the fathers! This is the Orthodox faith! This faith has established the universe!" I've seen things like joint-roman catholic and orthodox funeral services!! I've seen our Bishops and Presbyters in activities where there was australian aboriginal rituals and dances performed in the stage of the convocation of the WWC. Native American dancers, banging drums and saying encantations with Orthodox clergy present -what is this??!!
What would Saint Photios The Great say about this?
What would Saint Gregory Palamas say about this?
What would Saint Mark of Ephesos say about this?
If Old Calendarists have walled themselves off from such innovations it is to protect their Orthodox Faith. They have done this as an act of conscience!! If anything, we should be trying a re-approach the Old Calendarists instead of trying to find "commonality" with protestants and roman catholics -this would only be an act of logic but most importantly, true Orthodox intention. We should be more concerned to return to how our Church was -in its fullness prior to 1924.
If there has been a "rupture" in the Church, it has been caused by the ecumenical movement.
ST.JUSTIN OF CELIJE himself called it: "the panheresy of ecumenism." Other saints and very noted Theologians of the Church have spoken against it. Father Georges Florovsky pulled himself out of the movement when he saw that things were going out of control and has written that without unity of Faith -not political unity, nor sentimental unity- we cannot become one Church, but of course, that would mean that the rest of the Christian world would convert to/become Orthodox(y) (this would be TRUE Ecumenism!). Patriarch Diodoros I of Jerusalem has shown very open support for the Holy Synod of Resistance Old Calendar Orthodox Church of Greece. By the way, many of our Orthodox Church bookstores and catalogues, like Light & Life publishing carry literature produced by them as well.