I actually met with another Priest here in Russia today, an Archpriest, Professor at the St. Petersburg Theological School, and a member of the Synodal Canonization Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church, and it yielded an even more unexpected result:
While the language issue was not a problem (he spoke only Russian, so that made it less complicated, one language), and we actually got along very well and merrily, he had a very surprising response to our meeting. He told me that seeing as,
A) In his mind, the distinction between Orthodoxy and Catholicism are so similar, and the differences so negligible in their weight, and
B) I am already baptized/confirmed RC, and am head of the household
That in his mind, the best solution to our issue is that I remain Roman Catholic, the young children remain so, and are raised as such, and that my wife (who is Russian Orthodox, which is what has spurred this entire period of inquiry on BOTH our ends, each in to the others church) should convert to Roman Catholicism!
I was very surprised that he said this, to say the least...
Father Wesley, thank you for the prayers
Of course, my expectations are not that any one priest, or any one person, will say any magic words to me that will cause me to convert, or not to convert. Of course, prayer is a major piece. I suppose what I want is for a member of clergy to present to me some basics about Orthodoxy, perhaps a "case" for Orthodoxy, if you want to call it that, and engage in a theological discussion.