First of all, I apologize for any of my ancestors who may have injured any of your ancestors.
And I want to apologize for any of my ancestors who may have injured or oppressed my predecessors!
And...I accept my apology.
Thank you very much.
...the only times I've ever heard references to the Eastern Orthodox from priests has been in positive ways...
Ditto that, from my experience.
And the other way around as well. I have never heard an Orthodox priest dis the Latin Catholic church, ever. Not in personal level conversation and most especially not from the bema (I haven't been in any Orthodox temples that have a "pulpit" as such...).
But I have read some of the most atrocious things from priests of either bloc, written in times past, so I know it can happen. I think we need to get passed that if at all possible, for the sake of Christ.