Good afternoon. I have a very simple, nagging question. There are many different opinions on the Western-Rite but I'm looking for the simple truth. I come from a Roman Catholic background and often scrutinize things obsessively. I have felt betrayed by those I looked to as teachers (within the Roman Catholic church) and as such, am very wary of arguments. Unfortunately, it leads me often to a pharisaical attitude which I am trying to remedy...
I seek admission to the Orthodox Church. There is a ROCOR Western-Rite church within my area that I have a strong interest in.
I'm ready to give up. I'm tired of searching and being confused. I just want to surrender my will already but am afraid to do so again. I want to make sure it's what God truly wants... And I am afraid of making the wrong choice.
Is the Western-Rite (within the context of the ROCOR) canonical? Would I be permitted to commune with those of other rites (if such a necessity ever arose)? Would I be able to be legitimately baptized into the Orthodox faith there?
Please help me. Thank you so much.
Here is a list of the canonical jurisidcitons Orthodox bishops in North America accepted and recongized by every Orthodox Church in the World:
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Mexico
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA
Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canada
Albanian Orthodox Diocese
Patriarchate of Antioch
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of Mexico and Central America
Patriarchate of Moscow
Russian Orthodox Church
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR)
Patriarchate of Serbia
Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America
Patriarchate of Romania
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas
Patriarchate of Bulgaria
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada, and Australia
Patriarchate of Georgia
Georgian Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America
The list of bishops individually is here:http://www.assemblyofbishops.org/directories/bishops/
If the WRO parish is under a bishop of the ROCOR listed above, then the answer is yes to all your questions.