I really don't know how allowing Catholics to speak their minds and debate back and forth with us is a "strong catholic influence". Care to explain Douglas?
Sure. When I looked for an Orthodox forum on which to discuss things pertaining to the Orthodox Church, I believed that this forum might fill that need. But in the few weeks I've been a member here, I see several posters who appear to have very strong personalities and act as Roman Catholic apologists in a number of threads. I've no objection to Roman Catholics asking questions (in the appropriate folders) and debating points of theology (which is not my cup of tea since I see it as a colossal waste of time... I'm not much of an ecumenist, I'm afraid). But I have an issue when threads are begun in the non-debating areas of the forum (some by Orthodox members) that involve Catholic theology (i.e. the recent discussion of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, the appropriateness of our praying the rosary.. to name two). I've no interest in praying a rosary nor in praying the chaplet of Divine Mercy. If I had, I'd be Roman Catholic. They're non-issues for me. Granted, as I posted elsewhere, there's not much theologically wrong with them BUT then again... there's not much wrong with hi-lighting my bible, singing evangelical songs of worship, spinning a Tibetan prayer wheel and so forth. However, I've no need for these things since I have the banquet supplied by the Holy Orthodox Faith. Some Orthodox members here want to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for whatever reason... no doubt encouraged by the Catholic members. I say, why have a Twinkie when you can have a full-course meal in Orthodox devotions? And why are these Catholic items even being raised? Isn't there enough Orthodox fodder for discussion without our trying to incorporate Catholic theology, Catholic devotions, Catholic practices? I fail to understand how this is going to assist me in my Orthodox life and in my spiritual journey.
I know... it's not the politically correct thing to actually put words to this but then, I'm not politically correct. I make no apologies for being in love with the Orthodox Church. It is the "right" worship and the "right" belief... period. I don't need to add any other devotions nor make any changes in her theology (i.e. change our view of original sin, change our view of papal infallibility, try and better understand the filioque and the new word games being played by Catholic spin-meisters).
So... yes, I believe there is a strong Catholic influence on this forum and it both surprises and distresses me to a degree.
I really take issue with what I think you are saying (unless I misunderstand you).
On the issues, I agree with you: there is no point in engaging in non-Orthodox practices. And saying there is no spiritual benefit to praying the Rosary for an Orthodox is not a violation of "political correctness." There are several people on this forum who routinely say exactly this type of thing.
What I take issue with is your saying, "why are these issues being raised on an Orthodox forum?" I don't know you so I don't know how wide and broad your exposure is to Orthodox people, cultures, and parishes, clergy, etc. I consider that I have a lot of broad exposure. And this may shock you, but I find that most average Orthodox people have some exposure and some interest in non-Orthodox devotions and customs, whether they be Roman Catholic, Protestant, New Age, self-help, or Muslim. So the debate and discussion you see here is quite reflective of the real world Orthodox experience. So it may not be an issue for YOU, but it sure is an issue for a lot of people.
Now, it's my hope that this site can be educative, and I think that there are many Orthodox people who are able to offer theological and historical reasons as to why we should not engage in such things. Maybe I am reading your complaint wrong, but are you suggesting we should not let people ask questions like this at all? That if they get asked, we should do what, punish people? Shut them down? Delete their posts? Tell them "Orthodox people don't do this, and you can't even talk about it?" What exactly are you suggesting?
As far as these strong Roman Catholic apologists, at least two of them have been moderated numerous times when they cross the line. So I am not sure how our moderation is not working as it should. Why do we let Catholics post here? Because of fairness, and because we want to bring people in to our "house." Anecdotal evidence suggests we have made several converts from this site btw.
If someone is looking for a place to basically get information about Orthodoxy that does not involve tough questions and discussions, they could go to orthodoxinfo.com or one of the diocesan websites. But this is a forum, and as such, you are going to find people with honest questions, and they are going to disagree about the answer sometimes.