Tom, coming from a region where tremendous difficulties still persist, I'll obviously agree without hesitation that the Eastern Churches (this also includes the Orientals, Assyrians, and E.C.s who have had their lion's share of suffering) have been the primary bearers of the thorn of persecution and pain, the strastoterptsy par excellence. Nontheless, that crack about the R.C. is uncalled for, and venting off steam in that manner can prove blasphemously insulting to the few Catholics on this board like myself, so please refrain from making such disparaging remarks. Many Western missionaries selflessly braved harsh wilderness for strangers, and some even took pains to protect people from the ill designs of temporal powers. At present, I live in a country marked by Jesuit achievements, and the act of contemplating the sacrifices made by priests in this treacherous and deadly environment (Montreal's harsh winter is probably nothing compared to the territories up north), without electricity, heaters, supermarkets and restaurants, and the certainty of not being attacked by hostile tribesmen, leaves one awestruck.
In IC XC