I was wondering about the experience of those that went from RC to EC church but eventually went EO.
1) Why did the leave RC
2) Was the EC a profitable experience
3) What prompted the move to EO
There's probably I thread already here so if someone could point me in that direction.
Thanks in advance,
I'm one such example, and I think Fr. Anastasios (the founder of this forum) is another. There are more and it is a very common transition.
1.) My RC parish was more Protestant than my Methodist parish in liturgy (and in beliefs taught in RCIA). Surprisingly, my former Methodist church had an altar rail, although they taught communion was merely symbolic. The RC parish had 7 or 8 EMHCs alongside 2 deacons and the priest.
2.) The EC I went to was Maronite. The experience was profitable, IMHO, because it got me thinking about early Church matters (ecclesiology, polity, liturgy) and eventually led me to Orthodoxy. Ultimately,--and I know many ECs will disagree vehemently-- I would say Eastern Catholicism is a dead end, which I'll speak about in the next question.
3.) As I already mentioned, I started reading about the faith of the early Church, how the bishops interacted with each other and the broader Empire. The councils were very enlightening as they showed how the Church operated in a very practical way (there is also the 2nd Ecumenical Council which condemned anyone who altered the Creed). There are many other examples I can go into of that, but what really compelled me was that I could not live out an authentic EC existence without conflicting with the teachings of Rome (which it saw as being binding on every single Catholic, not just Latins) and being a hypocrite.
I did not want to be dishonest about my faith. My priest at the Maronite Church taught that the pope was not supreme, the IC was a farce and the filioque
was heresy. Many EC churches teach these things, which I thought was completely contradictory to the whole idea of "being in Communion" in the first place. This is how I saw Eastern Catholicism as a dead end. I had to choose. Did I want to go where my beliefs were Orthodox, or where they were tolerated and contradicted by fiat. In many ways, I feel like Eastern Catholicism is just "playing Orthodox." You have these various sui-iuris churches that pick and choose what they want from Orthodoxy (in my RC days we would call this Protestantism), but are missing the entire spirit of Orthodoxy.
I hope that helps and I pray no one sees it as polemical, because it was in no wise intended to be so. Just my honest thoughts and feelings, no crud.