I am really just being curious and I don't quite know how to phrase this but.... What do you all think is the source or cause of the modernism in the EO churches. In RCC we had PiusX defeating modernism in the early 20th cent. Now many point to Vatican 2 as the cause of, or source of the modernism some alledge has crept into the RCC. So what has happened in EO and is it just in this country or across the board.
Great question! I agree that there is a Modernist problem among the Eastern Orthodox but 1) it's much smaller and more contained than in the West and 2) it's nowhere near as big a problem as the Old Calendarist sectarians make it out to be.
IMO the late Frs John Meyendorff and Alexander Schmemann were not Modernists.
The other matters listed earlier, including the Old Calendar, while important to the Byzantine Rite, are ultimately matters of culture, not dogma. They don't touch on beliefs in divine revelation, the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, Mariology, the apostolic ministry or the Eucharist.
Also, I agree that because Eastern Orthodoxy is decentralized, one can't blame the patriarch of Constantinople.
So what is Modernist among some Eastern Orthodox? I'd say things like not pressing the Sacrament of Confession (though cultural/historical factors among the Greeks caused that among them - it was hard to get to Confession at times during Turkish rule), accepting artificial birth control (trashing Orthodoxy's claim to scrupulously follow the Fathers and shun 'doctrinal development') and, related to that, the deafening indifference to abortion
one finds among them. And I would add something else I've heard (from born Orthodox!), dismissing prayer for the dead - reinforced by the desire to epatez les catholiques
('see, we're different' when in fact they're not), which also is encouraged among them by Protestant influence. And one might add to that modern scepticism about the historicity of the Gospels, thanks to Protestant biblical criticism.
I think at the end of the day the Modernism has similar causes as in Western Catholicism - corruption from outside, namely from the sequential problems of Protestantism and secular culture.
Rank-and-file Eastern Orthodox, IMO, are especially vulnerable to these as they are a tiny minority in the US.