In order for Western Orthodoxy to succeed Education is required.
What I see is a wave of profound ignorance about 1st millenium latin christianity.
There is no other option but to read books and study it at our churches or setup institutes for this purpose. Not with any intentions of creating chaos or liturgical free for all but for busy bishops to genuinely guide in careful moderation.
I highly recommend to you all to attempt to read some of these books listed below before posting further about this topic of images in the western orthodox church.
There is no evidence of plastic 3 dimensional high relief statuary before the late 900's and no significant use of it before the 1100's and the gothic movement emananting from the university at paris in the beginning of the "scholasticism" period began the birth of the humanistic greco-roman pagan renaissance of its day traveling eventually to other western latin universities and churches. Eventually this culminated in Giotto and the beginnings of secular (not sacred) "art history" as we know it.
There is a certain Orthodox priest named Fr. Michael Keiser who makes incorrect claims that Hagia Sophia was filled with 3 dimensional high relief statuary which was later destroyed by iconocloasts in the 700's and that at one point there were as many statues used in byzantine churches of the 1st millenium as the latin church used by the late gothic period of middle 2nd millenium. There is no evidence to support this. Many ideas along these lines are essentially mythes to support more modern practices of the western rite "orthodox" and heterodox.
(see links: http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/faith_and_spirituality/watch/v10798569HDqh8Yc6http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/faith_and_spirituality/watch/v10798569HDqh8Yc6#watch%3Dv70613013eFRNhtA
Because the Eastern Churches have been theologically conservative for so long the developments that take place in them are less suspect, whereas those occuring in the separated western catholic or protestant churches are because of their long departure from tradition are in need of guidance and correction and exposure to their own past which was to large degree in harmony with the east, despite its more primitive qualities. One can not excuse keeping the trappings of present day as a form of inculturation an 11th century frequently latin cleric would not recognize it as the church they knew.
Devotions such eucharistic adoration and the Stations of the cross are largely a product of the 17th and 18th century counter-reformation and incentives for indulgences. They were the will of the hierarchy not the people. One can very clearly see this from a book such as:
"Regulating the people; the Catholic Reformation in 17th-century Spain" by Allyson M Poska
They did not occur in an manner approved of by Orthodox Christianity.
"The erection of the Stations in churches did not become at all common until towards the end of the seventeenth century, and the popularity of the practice seems to have been chiefly due to the indulgences attached.
In time the Orthodox of the future will look back on these days with much surprise at the ideas held in late 20th century western orthodox churches.
1ST MILLENIUM LATIN RITE REVIVAL
SACRED ART & ARCHITECTURE:
#01 Likeness and Presence; A History of the Image before the Era of Art
by Hans Belting (SPECTULAR!)
#02 Byzantine Art and the West (The Wrightsman lectures)
by Otto Demus (1970)
#03 The Pictorial Arts of the West, 800-1200
by C.R. Dodwell
#04 Iconography of Christian Art
by Gertrud Schiller (1971 New York Graphic Society)
#05 Ars Sacra 800-1200
by Peter Lasko
#06 Romanesque Wall Painting in Central France The Politics of Narrative
by Marcia Kupfer (1993)
#07 Pre-Romanesque Art
by Harald Busch, Bernd Lohse (1966 or newer)
#08 Art In the Early Church
by Walter Lowrie
#09 Romanesque Sculpture; The Revival of Monumental Stone Sculpture in the 11th and 12th Centuries
by M. F. Hearn
#10 Carolingian and Romanesque Architecture, 800 to 1200
by Kenneth John ConantChristian Pilgrimage In Modern Western Europe
by Mary Lee & Sidney Nolan; (chapter 6, page 160)
additional books:Early Christian Iconography and A School of Ivory Carvers in Provence
by Earl Baldwin (1918)The miniatures in the Gospels of St. Augustine
by Francis WormaldEarly Christian and Byzantine Architecture: Fourth Edition
by Richard Krautheimer, Slobodan Ćurčić