Bleh...as an Orthodox Christian who attends a Roman Catholic university, this statement makes me want to vomit, lol. While I recognize that the state of the Roman Catholic Church varies from place to place, and that in my particular place it is probably a rather extreme example, still, the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church just seem worlds apart to me. I think the problem to reunion isn't just lack of liturgical discipline, it's the lack of any discipline!! Here's some examples of Catholicism at my school:
1) At the Sunday mass, they almost never say the Nicene Creed, the hymns are rarely about Christ but are vague poetic abominations that somewhat relate to the THEME of the feast (for example, I once went to mass during the Easter season and the hymns were about flowers and the rebirth of spring and such).
2) At all masses, everyone is invited to receive communion. "At the Chapel, our custom is that everyone may come forward."
3) All events begin with prayers to "The God who has no name and who is known by all names"
4) Campus Ministry is led by a non-Catholic. In fact, to return to number 2 on this list, she receives communion all the time at mass, even though she is Episcopalian. When she's such an important figure in the school, you can't argue that the priest just "doesn't know" that she isn't Catholic.
5) Campus Ministry hosts a "Coming Out Retreat" every year when gay and lesbian students go on a retreat and talk about being gay and "spiritual" and I know for a fact that people end up having gay sex on this "retreat".
6) The theology classes I had to take were such garbage. We learned that God has no power to prevent any evil in the world, that God is like a small child who is just acting up to get our attention and we need to just ignore Him and we will go away, that all religions are equal except Christianity which is of the devil, that the newest insight is always the best, that if you actually believe anything you are ignorant and stupid, that Christianity is no longer about the sacraments or the Gospel because it's about social justice now, and many other things...
7) I am part of the Pro-Life club and Jesuit priests have been openly hostile to us and our existence as a club.
8 ) They have a mass for "National Coming Out Day"
9) One of our buildings is named after a deposed archbishop, while another is named after a man who was declared a heretic by the Catholic Church.
10) The school requires theology majors to take classes in liberation theology, which has been condemned as heretical by the pope.
Hm, I could go on but that's enough for now. In any case, if the Catholic Church is like that, I don't see how anyone in their right mind could ever think that we are close to reunion.Fixed the dreaded automatic smiley bug--8 ) = when the whitespace is removed--in the above -PtA