I hope that now you will be able, if you so desire, to respond to the substance of my post rather than to something extraneous.
And I wish you a Blessed and truly holy Holy Week, and a Glorious Pascha!!
I suppose I too expected a bit more gravitas with this particular message but I don't think you are trolling. Your position, which I agree with BTW, is so out of the ordinary, however, that to shuck 'n jive it looks strange to me. Perhaps I take it too soberly...I do have that fault in general, I think.
Would you indulge my curiosity and tell us why you went from the Roman Church to Orthodoxy?
Also are you familiar with the writing of Father Lev Gillet?
No, I wasn't trolling. I tend to be somewhat of a smartass sometimes, and tend to make light when it may not be the most appropriate thing to do. Shuck and jive
? Okay.....mea culpa
. And yes, I am kind of strange.
There were, in fact, many reasons why we (my wife and I) converted to Orthodoxy, and I won't go into all of them here and now. What I will say is that while we were in the Byzantine Catholic church, our deacon there would frequently refer to Byzantine Catholicism as "Orthodoxy lite". Well, I tend to like my beer dark, my whiskey straight, and my Christianity full. So, we searched and read, and read more, and prayed, and asked God to lead us where He wanted us to be. It so happened that there is an Orthodox church less than 1/2 way between where we live and the B.C. church we were attending, which, given my wife's deteriorating state of health, was quite a hike for us. So, we started attending there. And there was a kind of fullness and completeness that was somehow lacking at the B.C. church. Also, the community there was more alive and vibrant.
We continued to pray and study. We liked what we experienced, for the most part, so eventually we asked to be and were received by way of Holy Chrismation.
Why did we then, from time to time, go back to the Catholic church for sacraments? I think I explained that in my original post. It was a matter of geography, health, convenience, and the fact that for all the differences between Catholicism and Orthodoxy they really are one and the same faith. I know many would and do disagree with me, but that always makes me return to the statements and questions of my original post, which, so far, no one seems to have addressed to my satisfaction. I am a member of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. That Church finds expression in Orthodoxy and in Catholicism. I remember Fr. Tom Hopko in one of his lectures saying something to the effect of Christianity being *not* a "religion" but rather a relationship with a Person, and that Person is Our Lord Jesus Christ. Now *that* is what I had longed for for many years and finally found in *both* Catholicism and Orthodoxy, all aspects of the religiosity thereof aside. Many of the differences between them are political. Many are cultural. Some are theological. As far as I have been able to determine, both have direct and unbroken apostolic succession and that, I believe, validates the sacraments of both. I may be condemned to eternal damnation, but I seriously doubt that it will be because I go to a Catholic priest for confession and absolution, and receive Holy Communion from an Orthodox priest, or vice versa. It is my relationship, or lack thereof, with Jesus Christ that matters, not whether the church I attend begins with an "O" or a "C". This is my choice. So, one might say that I am Orthodox in communion with the Catholic Church.
To be perfectly honest with you, if there were a Byzantine Catholic parish as close to us as the Orthodox one or closer, we'd probably alternate going to both. I know that doesn't sit well with many so-called "purists", and not a few Orthodox priests, but too bad.
By the way, by marriage I have many, many relatives in Western PA., who have for many years gone back and forth to Orthodox, R.C., and B.C. churches. They are known by the priests and bishops of all three and regularly and freely receive sacraments, including Holy Communion from all of them. Of the purists here I would ask, what of them? And by "them" I mean both my relatives and the clergy.
I know I haven't answered your question completely, but I hope I've answered it enough to give you a sense of where I'm coming from.
I am familiar with Fr. Lev Gillet. It's been a few years since I've read anything by him. Was there anything in particular you were thinking of?
As for Andrew's comment about "sleeping around".....well, I could get back into smartass mode, but I won't, so.....no comment.