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Offline Eugenio

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Attempts at reunification between O.O. and E.O.?
« on: June 04, 2007, 09:57:29 PM »
First, let me begin this thread by asking forgiveness if this question becomes overheated, or if it's already been asked many times before. It is not my intent to sow rancor or boredom!  :)

I keep reading in the press about attempts at reunification between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church(s). However, I've never read about any councils between the Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox churches. (Perhaps they have and I'm unaware).

From a convert's standpoint (from liberal protestantism to Greek Orthodox) this situation baffles me. It seems to me that if the Eastern Orthodox were to reunify, the Oriental Orthodox would be a far more intuitive choice than the Roman Catholic Church. The one time I visited a Coptic church, it reminded me a great deal of my own church - Godward-centered, traditional liturgical worship. In contrast, I can't count the number of U.S. Catholic churches that I've been in that had strumming guitars, people in Mass wearing shorts and bluejeans, felt banners hanging from ceilings, 1960s music of the same school as "Michael Row Your Boat Ashore", etc.

So, strictly from a liturgical point of view, it appears to me that there's a much larger rift between Roman Catholicism (as currently practiced by a majority in the U.S.) and Eastern Orthodoxy than there is between the Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox. So why does there appear no push to mend the rift between Alexandria and Moscow/Constantinople; but there's a constant dialogue between Rome and Moscow/Constantinople?

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Re: Attempts at reunification between O.O. and E.O.?
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2007, 11:14:33 PM »
Eugenio,

Try our former poster, Peter Farrington, website for what's been happening:

http://www.orthodoxunity.org/

These efforts don't get the "press" that anything the Pope of Rome gets involved in does.
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Re: Attempts at reunification between O.O. and E.O.?
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2007, 11:18:30 PM »
Thanks for the link! It's good to see this is taking place.  :D

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Re: Attempts at reunification between O.O. and E.O.?
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2007, 02:21:47 PM »
Let me break it down for you. 

Its up to the bishops.  We can put our opinions out there and try to move it grass roots.  But its up to the bishops. 

Tons of dialogue has taken place.  The rest is up to them... ;)
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Re: Attempts at reunification between O.O. and E.O.?
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2007, 02:36:03 PM »
Actually, that's not always true, it's up to God.
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Re: Attempts at reunification between O.O. and E.O.?
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2007, 02:44:40 PM »
You know...I was going to make a snibe comment, but I decided against it. 

In the end you're right, no matter what I say... ;) ;D
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Re: Attempts at reunification between O.O. and E.O.?
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2007, 01:33:04 AM »
I am aware of similiar issues with the Roman Catholic Churches in Australia and agree that Orthodox unity would be much easier to achieve from a purely outward perspective. Nonetheless, God will guide His Church but I hope He guides to unity soon  :)
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