Since you all are inventive when it comes to theology, do be more inventive in your retorts. You who decided to uphold the excommunication of a papal legate from a dead pope. You seem even confused on what the Vatican teaches, let alone the Orthodox teaching of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Christ is risen!You seem to be confused. 1054 was the date when you all defected from Catholic unity.
After 1054 he did, and you did.
Im pretty sure if the Pope of Rome "falls into heresy" most Roman Catholics would follow irregardless. I know most of the RC that I know would!A. Irregardless isn't a word. B. No we wouldn't because he wouldn't.
Until the proverbial cows come home, Roman Catholic apologists will no doubt say we Orthodox left the unity of the Church in 1054 although the final separation and schism was not universally in force for at least another 200 years. Likewise, the Orthodox will not doubt reply, no we didn't leave - you did.
This is however an Orthodox board, and I think that it is safe to assume that all of our little band of 'hopelessly divided and leaderless schismatics'
accept the latter position as our starting and end point! We hold as a tenet of our Faith that Orthodoxy is the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and for some of us, we sadly lament the schism of the Church of Rome and her separation by choice from the Pentarchy. Others do not so lament the current state of affairs.
For us, in order for the Pope of Rome to become Orthodox, he and the Church of Rome, would have to accept their place within a restored Pentarchy and renounce those actions which led them to heterodoxy.
Were that to happen, there surely would be those followers of both the Roman Church and of the Orthodox who would reject such an event and additional schism would be the result. It is pointless to speculate on numbers or percentages. If a Pope of Rome left without his Church, well I suspect that Rome would find a rule and chose a new Pope.
Surely however, if this did occur as the will of God, a good Roman Catholic and a good Orthodox Christian would be hard pressed to view the same as heresy. Figuring that part out is the tricky part!