(and why can't you "leave" the RCC and the EOC/OOC again?),You can leave, but you're risking your soul according to their doctrine.
I have an issue with this statement: according to their doctrine...
It seems to me that folks jump around looking for a "church" that fits their own personal likes/dislikes....and whose doctrine fits in with their lifestyle.
Some would prefer to go to church wearing flip flops, singing and clapping their hands during service, and getting a loud boisterous feel good sermon.
Well folks, that's not a Liturgy....that's a Pep Rally!
People let their bodies pick their faith, not their souls.
According to their doctrine!
Sure, join a church that states everyone is already saved and everyone who proclaims their belief in Christ is heading for heaven! Yippy! I can do what I want, say what I want, be as lazy, careless, selfish as I want....and while my lips say I believe in Christ....I am SAVED! Allelujah!
Lets take a history student for example. They are interested and love American history. They want to get to know it better. Experience it better.
Are they going to go the Museum of Modern Art to learn about it? No. They are going to head back to the "old" places....they go visit the reinactments, they go to Valley Forge, they marvel how people used live and govern themselves. They pour over the old documents and they buy a feather quill at the gift shop to bring some of that nastalgic feeling home with them.
If you yearn for the True Church of God, you don't go visit the newly founded so called church around the corner. You go back to the roots. You read about and visit the original Church - the Orthodox Church.
Yes, it has it's "rules" such as fasting, dressing modestly, praying, helping others, being nice to others, loving God and living a Christ-like life. However, you are not condemened if you forget to pray, or don't keep the fast. This is between you and God. Not you and the Church.
Escape hatch? You need and escape hatch?
What we need an escape hatch from is this world, with all it's corruption, lies, and games. Our Escape Hatch is the Church.
Get to know it, get to love it....and there's no better place to be either in this world or the next.
Granted, not all Orthodox Churches or clergy are perfect. If you happen upon a rotten apple, try to get it out of the barrel before it spoils the other apples. However, if you've gone to the bishop, and are worried the bishop is corrupt, as well.....go to another Orthodox Church. You've got plenty to choose from.
There is nothing to stop you from going to another Orthodox Church, except yourself and your worries.
You may find corruption everywhere in this world. The Church is not of this world....but, the people in it are.
Don't leave the Church because you've encountered some bad apples.