Because, let's be honest, that's just about all the former byznatines.org did.
I guess my concern is that that shouldn't be "just about all" we do. Complaining about the Roman Church should not define this forum, but statements like the above, at least in my opinion, come close to doing just that.
How can we better conform to our stated purpose? How can we better promote discussion of Orthodox Christianity? Maybe people won't become fanatical soccer hooligans over iconography, but how can we promote discussion of such things, rather than have them become soccer hooligans over complaining about the Roman Catholic Church?
Rather than censor it, why not channel it into one place and leave the rest of orthodoxchristianity.net free really to be about Orthodox (and Oriental and Assyrian) Christianity?
I don't want to censor it at all; I think the issues that are raised are more or less relevant to us as well. I guess I just feel uneasy about such a thread. If one has disagreements with doctrinal matters with the RCC from the Orthodox perspective, is there not a Faith folder or something in which to discuss that? Or how about Orthodox/Catholic discussion? If the problems are with Liturgy, I notice the Liturgy forum allows discussion of RC liturgy for comparative purposes. Perhaps we should resurrect the old "Modernism" folder if the talks will be about that topic?
Would channeling it all to one thread work? I think that would make one huge thread, if that's all we are going to do. Rather than that, why not relate one's gripes with the RCC to Orthodoxy in some way (comparative theology, liturgics, etc.)? One can then present their issues with that Church while doing what this board should do, discussing Orthodoxy.
It's not true in Russia, but in North America, they are 'the big church'. When the secular jerks and the fundygelicals see them, with the Eucharist and devotion to Mary and the saints, they see us too. Maybe that's not fair. Or maybe it reflects some truth, that the apostolics have more in common than what separates them and that's what's important. But it simply is.
On this, we agree.