As I reread the scenarios that many seem to lay out for a reconciliation of east and west, I wonder if the meaning of the parable of the prodigal is lost upon us all.
Are we like the fallen away son who asks himself, "How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough to spare, and I'm dying with hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and will tell him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight. I am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants.' He arose, and came to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.– Luke 15:17-20."
Are we the angry,prideful brother who resents his father for welcoming his brother after he squandered his inheritance: But he answered his father, "Behold, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed a commandment of yours, but you never gave me a goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this, your son, came, who has devoured your living with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him."– Luke 15:29-3"
I believe that should pay heed to the words of our Lord in summing up the situation, "But it was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for this, your brother, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found." – Luke 15:32"
Rather than speculate that one side has to do this or that etc... perhaps the answer can be found through prayerful contemplation and acceptance of God's will should He will us to become one as once we were?