To be honest with you, I do not know precisely.
That's all you had to say, but let's examine how full of yourself you are.
One is that many Catholics are what I call pass-through Catholics. They come from protestant backgrounds;
And? Many converts into Orthodoxy are former Protestants.
[quotethey are poorly catechized in many respects;[/quote]
Compare the catechism to Orthodoxy, and RC is MUCH better with their catechism.
they are let down by what they perceive as a lack of spiritual life in parishes;
And the fact that this could be true?
they are scandalized by the venality that they discover in the clergy,
Who wouldn't be?
the loss of solemnity in the mass and in the vocational life;
More of that "doctrinal development", gotta love RC apostasy.
they are oppressed by bad liturgical practice and to them the smaller more reverential, more sensually beautiful rites and rituals are too much of a draw to be resisted, and they've never really absorbed the full teaching of the Catholic Church in a way that is sufficient to help them overcome some of the negatives so there's nothing holding them really.
That's a bold claim, and in fact a terrible generalized assertion. I've abosrbed much of the Catholic theology and came to the conclusion that it will crumble evntually with the progression of the post modern movement. Once you elimiate the mystery of certain theologies, it's only a matter of time when scrutiny will dismantle it's logicality.
The biggest problem with the RCC is it's multiplicity of theologies under one insitituion, versus Orthodoxy which is oneness in the same faith but a multiplicity in it's jurisdictions (Greek, Serbian, Antiochian, etc), I'm glad Orthodoxy holds true to the One
of the four marks of the Church.
I understand these people and I know that the Catholic Church has failed them in many ways and they have made a good choice by moving through the Catholic Church into Orthodoxy.
Catholic Church has failed quite a number of people for centuries, it's nothing new.
At any rate, I came very very close to moving into Orthodoxy but I have to tell you I could never do what some of you folks do with respect to the Catholic Church. It just would not be happening. So I am where I started and that's fine. I am sorry there is not communion, because I'd be with you in a heart beat.
Pride > Truth. Good to see where you stand.
The sad fact that you would of embraced Orthodoxy but stuck to your pride, speaks volumes about your character. I don't know why people like Fr. Ambrose or Isa bother to debate with you