I would agree that cradle Orthodox or Orthodox that have never been Catholic are schismatics, but I believe that when you belong to the true faith (which I believe to exist in the Catholic Church) and then depart for another, you apostatize. Wouldn't you agree that knowing the truth and then rejecting it is far graver than never knowing the truth and remaining outside of it?
It's not apostasy, for such a person still professes Christ. Apostasy, by Christian definition, is the denial of such a thing. If one were to become Muslim, one would be an apostate. By the RC's own definition (Dominus Iesus), someone such as myself is, at best, a schismatic.
Get your terminology straight before you start tossing such labels around, Wyatt. Otherwise, you just look like an ignorant buffoon.
Schultz and Wyatt,
There are certainly Orthodox who consider conversion from Orthodoxy to Catholicism (or Protestantism) to be "apostasy" (this was, I'd say, one of the things which bothered me most in my first year on this forum); however, it's pretty rare for Catholics to consider conversion from Catholicism to Orthodoxy to be "apostasy".
It's irrelevant what some Orthodox may think in Wyatt's case. He is Roman Catholic and therefore should look to his own religious body for determination as to what constitutes apostasy. Ex cathedra or not, Dominus Iesus quite plainly states that Orthodox Christians cannot be apostates and are, at best, schismatics, in relation to the Roman Catholic Church.
If you want to play semantic games, go right ahead, just don't whine when someone like Isa decides to do the same. elijahmaria is quite right in pointing out that some people want some things both ways.
Once again, and I'm going to say this slowly so you can understand.
One cannot be an apostate if one merely, according to the Roman Catholic Church's own documents, changes particular churches.
Again, to deny this is to deny the teaching authority of your church's Magisterium which puts you on the same dangerous path I'm supposedly on.
Remember that tomorrow when you queue up for communion, buddy.
Oh yeah? That’s funny. So it is OK for Eastern Orthodox to officially proclaim that Roman Catholics or the Roman Catholic Church is in apostasy, but it is not OK for Roman Catholics to say something similar from their side?
“Usurping as his own possession the Catholic Church of Christ, by occupancy, as he boasts, of the Episcopal Throne of St. Peter, he desires to deceive the more simple into apostasy from Orthodoxy.”
“Nor did they cease their endeavors, by lawless projects (as veritable history assures us), to entice the other four Patriarchates into their apostasy from Orthodoxy, and so subject the Catholic Church to the whims and ordinances of men.”
Encyclical of the Eastern Patriarchs, 1848
A Reply to the Epistle of Pope Pius IX, "to the Easterns"