Thanks for your comments.
I have always sensed that the RC emphesised the devotion to Mary almost to excess...it seems Orthodoxy does it right once again. The correct amount of honor is display to the Theotokos, at least that is what I sense when I read/attend Vespers. I think that many times RC practices muddy the waters of understanding regarding Orhtodoxy. People confuse the two.
In some ways Theotokos is mentioned more in Orthodoxy, as the two posters mentioned, but she is not emphasized in the way the Catholic Church does with Mary Apparitions, rosaries, Statues, devotions, the immaculate conception, and a trend toward calling her co-Redemptrix, etc. This is my perception, and to criticize Catholicism's attitude toward Theotokos is not disrespectful of her, I believe. I think I also heard some saying that she was not perfect, maybe based on John 2:4 (I forget what it was). Orthodox do give her respect with prayers, icons, and saying she is an Ark. Orthodox way is right praise, in my view.
I think that many times RC practices muddy the waters of understanding regarding Orhtodoxy.
The muddiness is more from people's common lack of understanding of Orthodoxy in the first place rather than muddying by Catholicism, as you will agree.
For example, Catholicism teaches transubstantiation, while most US protestants (who are not traditional protestants) teach the communion is only symbolic. For a long time I just assumed that the Catholic view was the same as the Orthodox one. Is that the fault of Catholicism? The fault is that I did not know Orthodox teaching in the first place.
It's not a personal failing. There are so many orthodox nuances and understandings, as you are finding out. The problem is that Orthodoxy came to the US with a part of the Industrial Revolution's Russian-Greek immigrants, into a society that otherwise knows only Catholicism and Protestantism.
We might as well be glad we know Catholicism so that we are aware that other ideas and ways of looking at things even exist.
The more time you spend with orthodox the more you will learn about new things. I was in Orthodox church 10 years before I learned some nuances, and I am still learning. That is true for alot of Orthodox. Peace