Ok, I'm not really posting this for feedback....mainly because for the time being it is a pipe dream.
I am a mere layperson. My baptism was less than a month ago. No degrees or anything like that. But I like to assume (right or wrong) I am fairly intelligent. I love the Church dearly. Not for a second do I doubt the wisdom of the hierarchs. Nevertheless....
I am left wondering why it has been centuries since the last "Ecumenical" Council. How much in the world has changed in that time, how many heresies born, how schisms, etc. etc.
At the very least I think there should be a conference of all the hierarchs in communion with the EP once and awhile. Then again, maybe that is happening behind closed doors.
I don't know. Maybe the "solutions" that seem so easy to find for the issues that face us are in reality much harder than they seem.
I just don't get it. We claim to be the one true church of Christ, visibly united, visibly catholic. I read an e-book on the eternal status of heterodox Christians.....almost 100 pages yet in the end, the answer was still unclear. I understand the concept of the omnipotent, omniscient God granting salvation to whomever He Wills, yet I am left wondering then, what really is the point. If Orthodox ecclesiology and Orthodox christology are intertwined.....then a person with unorthodox ecclesiology also has unorthodox Christology. If they believe in a different Christ and deny the Bridegroom of Christ.....where does that leave them and us. It just seems have the time we tell them that they are outside of the Church, the other half we tell them we don't even know if we have salvation ourselves, theirs is still a possibility.
Am I making sense??
Anyhow, my grand idea was to gather leaders from all the churches.....Protestant, Anglican, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Eastern Catholic, Nestorian.....the whole shebang. Sit them down and lay down the law. This is what the Councils decided, the is how Holy Tradition interprets Scripture, this how we worship........and if they disagree on any of that then they are outside of the Church, they deny Christ, and may the Lord have mercy on all of our souls. The Pope can make news, why can't we?? And at the very least, can we at least get together amongst and lay down a panOrthodox gameplan. 200 million of us....why is that a pipe dream??
Let's get beyond "letters written for the sake of friendship."