[Thank you Fr. Ambrose. I will endeavor to read these links.
You may or may not know but you played a very productive role in my inquiry into Holy Orthodoxy. It's been quite a struggle Father but I don't regret the journey. My prayers are with you for playing the role you did to open the eyes of many to Holy Orthodoxy on CAF. At times, I was a stout defender of the Roman Catholic Church and her dogmas and teachings and on many occasions we debated with much zeal.
Are you really Chrisb from CAF? I so, Well met! It is great to see you again. I remember the enormous battles we had on CAF. You were for~mid~able.
With that said could you comment on this...
"The Filioque controversy which has separated us for so many centuries is more than a mere technicality, but it is not insoluble. Qualifying the firm position taken when I wrote The Orthodox Church twenty years ago, I now believe, after further study, that the problem is more in the area of semantics than in any basic doctrinal differences." (Bishop Kallistos Ware, Diakonia, quoted from Elias Zoghby's A Voice from the Byzantine East, p.43)
For example, what is Bishop Kallistos Ware missing when he says that this controversy is more in the area of semantics than in any basic doctrinal differences?
The good English bishop is sometimes taken to task for these comments as well as his comments on women's ordination which he has, unfortunately, incorporated in his popular book The Orthodox Church
. Whereas many priests used to strongly recommend that book to catechumens now some are hesitant to do so - a great pity since it is otherwise an excellent resource for enquirers. But if you have Anglicans/Episcopalians in the process of converting the last thing they want to hear is Bishop Kallistos saying that Orthodox women priests may be a future possibility.
My response has been to mentally 'blank out' his avant-garde opinions but I'll look around the Net and see if there are any sensible critiques of his filioque opinion.