There can only be one visible Church. If bodies have been out of communion with each other for hundreds of years then one isn't the church. Commissions and tinkering about with who said what doesn't alter that.
I disagree. That bodies have been out of communion with each other does not imply that one is the Church and one is not; rather, I see this as a testament to the fallen state of man. The way you pose the situation makes any kind of reconciliation impossible, as one body would have to submit to the other, admitting they were completely wrong and were not "the Church". I do not think this is so. I think the Orthodoxy between the OO and EO is so close together, with many differences arising from mere technicalities, that a reconciliation would be a synergistic one, with both working together to iron out any differences, without making doctrinal concessions, and ultimately uniting.
But besides those issues of reconciliation, can you truly say that when God has worked such miracles and given us such wonderful saints, in both the EO and OO? I was recently reading a thread in which an EO asked if the OO had any incorrupt saints, and the answer was a resounding YES! God works through both the EO and OO, and deals with us merciful, always.
If this vote was set a little bit earlier, I would have voted that the EO are Orthodox..
I was willing to say that the differences are mere semantics and both traditions maintained the Orthodox faith, but recently I felt that we as OO just seek acceptance and reconciliation even if we are going to compromise our beliefs.
But honestly, why do we have to do that for the sake of unity, while all what we get is being patronized and called heretics or schismatics?!
I stand firm in the belief of the correctness of the Christological doctrines delivered to us by our holy saints who are cursed as heretics by the EO, and unless our doctrine is accepted by them as fully Orthodox, I will not be able to accept them as fully Orthodox.
Copticmind, I understand what you are saying, and have felt your same emotions. Yet, I do not think that is a reason to not accept the EO as Orthodox, or at least, Orthodox in some sense. If we draw that line of schism and shield ourselves behind it, we create more conflict, and the line grows deeper. The only to convince the EO who curse our saints as heretics is to tell them, "You may not accept us, but we can accept YOU." I can assure you, when both OO and EO lay down their pride for a moment and take a look, they will see that neither of them can claim exclusivity to the saints, indeed, can not lay exclusivity to God himself, and that Orthodoxy is present in both the OO and the EO. Let me make it clear, I do agree with you that certain EO are in error for labeling our saints heretics and calling our Church monophysitic, as Severian has pointed out, but we shouldn't wholly reject them on that basis.