Why did you leave?
I know there is likely to be a whole host of little issues as to why but given that there are a few of us here who are walking/have walked this path it might be useful to pool together what we think the problems are with Roman Catholicism and how the Orthodox Church overcomes them.
It would also be useful to know what Roman Catholic practices you still hold on to or what you think the Orthodox can learn from the Roman Church.
I'm not intending this thread to be polemical and it is on the convert forum so I'm hoping not so much for a load of attacks on the Catholic Church but more a sharing of heartfelt convictions which don't need a six post theological justification tagged onto them. This is about us sharing our journeys and helping each other. Not about having an argument.
I grew up Catholic, attending Sunday Mass. But I didn't really care much about the Catholic faith until late high school. I read a Bible and decided to be active in my faith. Since I grew up Catholic, and thought Protestants as disobedient, I grew closer to the church in which I grew up. I read up on Catholicism and on Church history, where I began coming to a knowledge of Orthodoxy. I liked what I read about Orthodox, but I thought them schismatics because they were not in communion with Rome (the psychology of "being under Rome"/"being Catholic" is strong). At one point, I started attending a Ruthenian Catholic Church. I learned more about Eastern theology and understandings. At one point, I felt that I had to choose between changing churches (change of sui iurus
church) and becoming Orthodox. I didn't believe in universal jurisdiction, papal infallibility, Purgatory, etc., so I felt that I had to choose the latter. The greatest difficulty, however, was overcoming the "Rome alone" wall.
One thing I like about Orthodoxy is that faith and worship cannot be separated. Lex orandi lex credendi
(the law of prayer is the law of belief) is very much a reality in Orthodoxy as it should be. Roman Catholics believe that the Pope is the infallible glue that holds everything together; but they do not consider, as do the Orthodox, that even the Pope of Rome can fall into heresy.