[I find it unfortunate and counterproductive that in most of these discussions about reunion with Rome the dominant issue is the role of the Papacy.]
I understand what you are saying and I do not neceassarily disagree with it. But to resolve any issue you have to start from the top and work from there.
And, in this case, the role of the Papacy is the key issue. Once thats resolved, the rest of the issues can be resolved through truly Ecumenical councils..
We Orthodox Catholics shake our heads when the topic of negiotation regarding doctrine is brought up. Our reaction is....... Other than the issue of the Pope, what is there to negiotate? Everything we now believe is exactly what the whole church believed when it was still basically united and comprised of the 'One Holy Catholic & Apostolic Church' we profess belief in. We have neither added, subtracted, or changed any dogma as both the Roman Catholics and Protestants have.
Therefore, it is up to them to return and we will all build from there.
I agree that there are many theological issues to be resolved, and that the Churches aren't as close as some Papal Catholics claim. Because what has been added by that Church since the schism.