It is good that you are here. As an Orthodox Christian I have many friends that are Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Antiochian Orthodox etc. They are all Orthodox. Most Orthodox in a relatively decent mindset would agree that the Orthodox Church is not in communion with Rome for sincere and valid reasons. This conclusion is the result of Orthodoxy’s reliance on her patristic tradition and it’s truthful reality. This practice often results in a conflict relative to discussions with those who are in communion with the Bishop of Rome. That is because the Roman Catholic Church has a developing mindset that has lead to a departure from the Orthodox faith and the Orthodox Church has remained true to the teachings of Christ and the Fathers. When the Father’s are truthfully referred to in the context of the Orthodox faith from which their understanding and writings are born by the grace of God many of the positions articulated by those in communion with the Bishop of Rome are revealed as simply wrong or distorted. I have known some people in my life that have sought the truth recognized it and became Orthodox and one suffered for it even in death. The idea that the theology of east and west are compatible in many ways is simply not so relative to critical spiritual understandings because these dispositions affect the former.
As such when Orthodox Patristic references are used in discussions with the Eastern Christians under Rome either no response is given or some sort of a deflection tactic is utilized. I often hear from Roman Catholics or Eastern Christians under Rome that the Orthodox do not have the unity of Peter as such look at all the ethnic or division issues etc. This is utter nonsense because the claim is made from a worldly perspective that is the result of the migration of the see of Rome into such a realm. I’m very sure that there is theological unity among all of the Orthodox Churches for we certainly don’t adjust the creed and sometimes use the filoque and sometimes not for whatever reason and understand that the Orthodox Church is the Church of Christ. As such I don’t believe that there is unity among the Eastern Christians under Rome I think there is confusion for if we ask them what their theology is we here nothing or end up scratching our heads until we are bald. In Orthodox theology the mind is considered lower and the heart is expressed by the Orthodox fathers as the seat of the soul and divine knowledge it has always been that way. From the Latin’s we can see the results of the reliance of the mind for theological development. It is known that there is a direct correlation between liturgical consistent practices and theological consistency expressed in the fullness of the truth and established in the Orthodox Church, which the Lord God Almighty’s right hand has planted. In the correct teachings of the Orthodox Church children are not denied the precious body and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
In the developed Latin rite of today as a result of the adjusting of the original order of the sacraments by the minds of men in error, sadly children are denied the Eucharist until they have reached the age of reason of seven years old or so when they are more intelligent. However they are taught obedience to their bishop. This denial of the Body and blood of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is an established practice within the Latin rite of today. Children used to not be denied the Eucharist but the minds of men went to work and have subjected the sincere faithful to their distortions for past 900 years or so. Has Christ not been crucified for children even if they have not reached the age of reason?
St John Chrysostom has written “The most holy Sacrament is a burning fire, so that when we leave the altar we breathe forth flames of love which make us objects of terror to hell.”
St Ephrem the Syrian has written See, Fire and Spirit in the womb that bore you! See, Fire and Spirit in the river where you were baptised! Fire and Spirit in our baptism; in the Bread and the Cup, Fire and Holy Spirit!
He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
15 And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body."
27: Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you.
As Saint Clement of Alexandria has written "We learn from the Scriptures demonstrably that the heresies have gone astray, and that only in the true Church is the most accurate knowledge."
Facilitated by the presence of children surely most men or woman can move into their hearts for a moment and see that it is wrong to deny a child the body and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ irrespective of what the minds of men in the Latin rite now subject the faithful to as well as their loved ones to. How can this practice be rationalized within the heart? It is a institutionalized violation of the hearts and minds suffered by many Latin rite parents who love their children in accordance with the commandment of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Surely these little ones are loved and cherished and HIS friends.
St Irenaeus of Lyons tells us the heretics are proved to be disciples not of the Apostles, but of their own wicked notions. To this cause also are due the various opinions that exist among them, inasmuch as each one adopts error in whatever manner it presents itself to him. But the Church throughout all the world, having its origin firm from the Apostles, perseveres in one and the same opinion with regard to God and His Son.
The Blessed Theophylact's tells us the gates of hades are those persecutors who from time to time would send Christians to hades. But the heretics, too, are gates leading to hades. The Church, then has prevailed over many persecutors and many heretics. The Church is also each one of us who has become a house of God. For if we have been established on the confession of Christ, the gates of hades, which are our sins, will not prevail against us.
I doesn’t take a enormous amount of intelligence to come to the realization that of the 25,000 or more splinter “churches” are around today because of the reformation are the result of legitimate concerns of those who opposed the Pope and Latin's.
St Ignatius of Antioch has written: All who belong to God and Jesus Christ are with the bishop; and all who repent [of schism] and come into the unity of the Church will also belong to God, that they may be living according to Jesus Christ. Make no mistake, my brothers. If anyone follows a man who causes a schism, he 'does not inherit the Kingdom of God'. And any man who goes in for strange doctrine disasociates himself from the Passion.
It is obvious and true that the Latin’s of today have separated themselves from Orthodoxy by means of unorthodoxy which is being experienced today by many sincere and faithful members who have seen some more of the dismantling of the ancient and venerable Latin rite with acceleration before their very eyes. These faithful people have subjected themselves and their children to the understandings of those in error who when made aware of a heresy disregard or adjust that heresy for justification purposes. In more recent times they have suffered from the sexual abuse crisis and so much more even to the point of witnessing Pope John Paul II lowering his head and kissing the koran when the spirit of the koran does not confess our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to be the Son of God. This is an outright public mocking of our crowned and martyred Christians you have suffered brutal deaths. At some defining point in time our beloved Christian brother’s of the Latin rite must move into their hearts and understand how these things can be happening. Many of these things are merely a manifestation of the continuation of the great apostasy from Holy Orthodoxy.
Do not be deceived as I was and as many now remain. The Eastern Christians under Rome are in truth agents of apostasy knowingly or ignorance irrespective of what word is being used to describe them.