I'm a 25yr old married father of two...
I was raised sans religion/faith, and after a long journey of hedonism, addiction, sobriety and a foundation of faith, I joined the Catholic Church in 2004. In Her I have found much truth, life and solace, and come to know Our Lord. I love the church and its traditions, however a few things have recently been causing me some questions, ones that did not arise so much during my initial "christian" conversion, which was more of a search between RC and protestantism. I have become interested in Orthodoxy, for a variety of reasons:
My wife is Russian, and Russian Orthodox. We believed that this would present no issue for us, and it may not for the more lukewarm in faith, but for us, being married in schism, despite the similarities, is tough, particularly as her church is ambivalent about our marriage, and insistent that she is wrong in allowing our children to be raised in my church. Through my marriage, but also my interest in Russian culture/literature/language I have been exposed both directly, in the case of attending services, and indirectly, in the case of my time spent in Russia (here now) to the Liturgy and theology of the OC. I don't know much, but I am intrigued by what I perceive as a deep, mysterious kind of faith, and my explorations have stirred up some uncertainties about the schism, mostly the usual suspects. My wife and I, agreeing that as committed followers of Christ and His church, simply saying, "that church is right for YOU, and this one is right for ME", is antithesis to the way we believe, have resolved that through deep prayer, deep thought and exploration, to try to resolve our disagreement, that is, go one way or another. Both of us are quite open to arguments from either side. The "usual suspects" that I alluded to are:
Papal primacy (probably the biggest issue of all;it seems as if the side that is right on this is probably right overall), Immaculate Conception, Filioque, unleavened bread, examining why the split occurred, how political the motivation was, and examining the current/historic state of both churches. Of course, prayer must be the end all in all of this, but guidance is always helpful, and any thoughts that anyone, Orthodox or Catholic, may have, PLEASE bring them on, respectfully, of course.