Greetings Byzantine Christian!
My question is, what does Orthodoxy have against Ecumenism
and the WCC?
I'm glad you phrased it this way - for genuine Orthodoxy is incompatable with the theory and deeds of the ecumenical movement.
Isnt the (Ecumenical) Patriarchate of Constantinople
in favor of it?
Well, men claiming this title for themselves have been, yes, and for some time now - to the point of pretending to "lift" the anathemas against the Papists back in 1965 (so this is actually old news).
Of course, the problem with such a gesture (besides his lack of ability to do this) is that these "anathemas" cannot change - what was anathema to the Church of Christ 10 centuries ago, remains such (along with subsequent Latin innovations which have been condemned by the Church.).
The only way for these anathemas to cease being "relevent", would be if the Roman Catholics corporately rejected the matters condemned by them. However, this has obviously not happened. Hence, these false gestures of charity by Patriarch Athenagoras (and similar acts since), were acts of apostacy - acts which were either met with silence by many in the Orthodox world, or worse yet, very clear support. Please keep in mind it wasn't until old fashioned Russian distrust of the Roman Catholics caught wind of the policy, that the Moscow Patriarchate ceased it's experimentation with giving communion to Roman Catholics back in the 60's.
As I have said on other threads I'm converting to Holy Orthodoxy
and was looking into being recieved by the Greek Orthodox Church,
but I have been hearing that there kind of liberal, Im looking for
a strict and traditional Orthodox jurisdiction. What would your advice be?
Well, "strictness" is a relative matter. While there are holy canons at the desposal of Bishops to govern the Church, how strictly they are enforced can
be a matter of prudential choice on their part - this is the same with all pastoral care.
However, for a Church to be "canonical", these rules cannot be ignored or be treated with contempt.
However, "tradition" is very much relevent. Tradition best describes the totality of what the Church carries from generation to generation - it includes
the Holy Scriptures, the Fathers, the Divine Services, etc. It is everything - and it is the grave task of a Bishop to receive this, teach it, and pass it on into the future. The truth is eternal, but it must be temporally expressed through the flow of time. This is the most important task of the Bishop, and of his assisting Priests - for without the Holy Tradition, you do not have the means of salvation.
As for where you should look, I am going to be biased in my answer (but we all are, for better or for worse). I would recommend you get in contact with Dormition Skete, which is where the ROAC's (Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church) heirarch in America, Bishop Gregory, resides. The ROAC is the remnant of the Russian Orthodox Church in our troubled times - She is a little flock, and much persecuted both within and without Russia, and not particularly well esteemed by the world (and worldly "Christianities" who will without doubt tell you all sorts of bad things about Her Bishops, Her laity...everything, save the purity of Her confession, oddly enough, a subject said enemies will avoid like the plague.)
In Bishop Gregory, you will find an understanding pastor, who genuinely cares about souls. He is not above trading e-mails, or even spending time on the phone talking to inquirers, and I know the monastery is very welcoming towards visitors. He, or Fr.George will be more than happy to take the time out to speak to you, and answer all of your questions as best as they can.
You can contact Vladyka at the following e-mail...firstname.lastname@example.org
Though it is ugly, for some very clear illustrations of "ecumenism in action", as well as some extremely disheartening statements by allegedly "Orthodox" heirarchs, the following website may be worth your while looking into...Judas' Kiss
It's a morose thing to look at, but necessary if you are truly interested in getting to the bottom of just where the EP, the GOA, or those in communion with them really stand on the subject of ecumenism (which directly touches upon the Church's ecclessiology
- that is to say, what She believes to be true of Herself, and what claims She makes.)
On a more positive note, when you e-mail Vladyka, I'd recommend you ask him to e-mail you a copy of the brief catechism they make available to inquirers. It is quite good, and should not take long to make your way through.
God bless you Byzantine Christian!