The accusation was that we were just as bad as the Vatican. I am giving the followers of the Vatican their chance to put up or shut up.
We could certainly make a list of what we consider liturgical abuses in the Orthodox Church, but if the purpose of the thread is to allow Roman Catholics to prove that Orthodox have as many such abuses as they, this is a pointless exercise. Orthodox are scandalized by organs, while guitars are unthinkable. Women in the altar (except for in female monasteries) is a serious scandal for Orthodox (and probably extremely rare), not at all to be compared with female “Eucharistic Ministers”. Removing one or more of the litanies which are repeated at several points in a service is scandalous from an Orthodox point of view, but a whole “New Mass” with the priest “performing” facing the “spectators” is completely unthinkable. Not to mention the liturgical abuse of lifeless wafers for “Communion”, changing the Nicene Creed, a 15 minute “Mass”, not permitting the faithful to have Communion in both bread and wine. Such things are an abomination, and will not be found in an Orthodox Church.
I hear you. But I say to Orthodox who seem so interested in these things, so what
? In most parts of the Catholic Church in recent times, the liturgy has been an awful mess. There we are. I've said it. Considering the storms that are raging around us, pretty much bringing an end to Christian civilization for the first time since Constantine, I say, at least we aren't "ordaining" women and sodomites, etc. It could be worse!
I don't deny that the liturgical abuses in the Orthodox churches are not as prevalent, but overall the grass is not greener on your side: Your churches have their own serious crises to deal with. And we have ours. And one is the unraveling of the liturgy.
Remember when you folks were smashing icons after the Islamic conquests? That crisis took a while to overcome.
For our own iconoclastic crisis*, it will certainly take some time.
*from which you EO are not entirely