Let’s not overdo the negative stress... For example, Mary’s Church, Ruthenian Catholic, has just completed the formation period of its three founding nuns of Christ the Bridegroom Monastery. Where were these Catholic nuns sent for their time of formation? – to the Orthodox Monastery of the Myrrh-bearers, Ortega, New York.
Mother Theodora was A Basilian nun at Mt. St. Macrina before founding Christ the Bridegroom, the others received their formation her.
"The cover group shot [on the Ortega Orthodox monastery calendar] shows our community with the three sisters of the newly begun Christ the Bridegroom Community, the Roman Catholic Reuthenian Eparchy of Parma, who spent three joyful months with us learning the ways of Orthodox monasticism."
I am not disputing they spent time at Holy Myrrhbearers, I am saying Mother Theodora (Sister Celeste) was a monastic for many years and she and Sister Julie have been living at the monastery since April 2009. You make it sound like they walked off the street, spent three months at Holy Myrrhbearers and presto, Eastern Catholic nuns.
Rather than arguing any points on this one we should celebrate the fact that these women, who are essentially outside of communion with one another, do not allow that sad fact to stop them from sharing common beliefs, common prayer, common praxis, and common life in the spirit.
I love the community at Ortega and know that the women of both communities benefited from the interaction in the grace of love, if in no other way.
God bless and provide for them all!!...
This is how we will be able to resume communion one day in a holy and seamless manner.
I think that is a pipe dream. I see any coming together of Eastern Orthodoxii and RC people as the RC joining the EO church. The RC has strayed way too far away from the orignial church beliefs that at this point the word reunion is just a false word.
The continuing dialogue is a bit of a mess, with the Catholics trying to
propagate multiple misconceptions in their understanding of Orthodoxy.
We have Pope Benedict in Rome, who ought to know better, mischievously
insisting that the Orthodox do not regard a second marriage as sacrament.
We have Mary Lanser making out that the Orthodox are OK with abortion.
We have Cardinal Kasper trying to pretend that we have always had a teaching
of universal primacy.
It just gets worse. Please, Catholics, stop misrepresenting Orthodoxy!
You're really harming the dialogue.