I haven't been to any Catholic forums, but I see how it could get tiring to have people come to the forum and start arguments about what is generally believed by a group.
has anyone at the fisheaters Catholic forum ever gotten angry and defensive at you for questioning their beliefs?LOL. A little. They're even worse than CAF.
Fish eaters and kool-aid drinkers.
including misconceptions and outright lies about the Orthodox Church.
I know that some people get off on apologetics and debate, but not everyone does, and there are people who just want to connect with others of the same beliefs via social networking. But this becomes impossible when people come in and start questioning beliefs and attacking what the group holds to be true, because all the forums energy then gets focussed on that. Frankly, I can't see the point of it. I don't think it is effective "missioning" to argue people into the Church.
Efffective as compared to what? It does bring people in.
A calm respectful presence might be more effective, with perhaps occasionally gently correcting any misconceptions about Orthodoxy. But to start arguments about basic Roman Catholic beliefs such as the Papacy, the Immaculate Conception, Purgatory etc are just annoying and people will be turned off from Orthodoxy- and we will be held accountable for that by Him who commanded us to be "cunning as serpents and gentle as doves".
"The Orthodox are not Catholic only because of their pride, and because of that they won't recognize Peter."
"The Orthodox hate St. Peter."
"The Orthodox are not really a Church."
"The Orthdodox are like a puzzle where only the edges are together but the center is missing, because they are missing Peter."
"The Orthodox can't hold an Ecumenical Council because they don't have the Pope."
"The Orthodox can't decide their own dogma."
"The Orthodox can't teach with authority."
"The reunion of the Eastern Rite Catholics to the Orthodox by the Communists are different from the Unions of the various sui juris churches to the Holy See, as the later were of their own free will and force was never used."
"Christ spoke Latin."
"St. John Chrysostom and all the early Church fathers recognized the primacy of Rome."
"No Church Father ever denied the universal jurisdiction of the Pope."
"Pope is in the Bible. Patriarch is not in the Bible."
"It is an aboration of Apostolic Tradition to have married priests."
"Only the celibate priesthood is Apostolic."
"The Orthodox have abandoned Christ's teaching by accepting divorce" (yeah, I know you buy this one).
"The Orthodox are only being obstinate on the filioque, and are using it as an excuse not to reunite to the Apostalic See."