Is this the thread where we can put down other people?The
, as in singular/only...?
To almost make a serious point (fighting my VH1-loving demons which are telling me to post that Rockwell video in response to the "she's watching you" comment) for the consideration of Choy and anyone else who might be in his position, I think Tommy's point about leaving the past behind is a good one, in the sense that we should always make sure that we are converting to
something, rather than away from something in our past. Orthodoxy deserves to be/can only truly be approached based on its own merits, not relative to Eastern Catholicism or anything else. Granted, that's easier said than done (I took a good 8-10 months away from the internet, specifically CAF, in trying to discern where I should be, because I know myself well enough to know that that's what I needed to be able to make any decision at all), but ultimately it's the right move, particularly if you have a lot of history in the Eastern Catholic Churches where you no doubt picked up the idea (or maybe were even explicitly told this) that the Eastern unia are really, really close to Orthodoxy, are Orthodox in everything except for union with Rome, or some such variation of that idea. It's really not the case, but that can be hard to grasp if you don't put away Rome-ish things...
(Aside: But then I also wonder sometimes maybe if my own perspective isn't a bit more strict because I took the road less traveled and swam the Nile rather than the Bosphorus, which really is
a longer distance to go, in terms of the adjustment from Catholicism, which rightly sees itself as an inheritor of Western tradition build upon a common Graeco-Roman cultural base -- even though they are largely now divorced from its Orthodox expression, to a somewhat more foreign Semitic/non-Hellenized perspective...for instance, reading the Life of St. Shenouda the Archimandrite by Besa is still rather shocking to me, as he's painted as an almost brutally
zealous and somewhat cruel and violent man, and I wonder to myself: This is the great saint who first gave Orthodoxy its uniquely Coptic/native expression in Egypt? And I took his name at baptism, so he's my model? But then I calm down a bit and remember that it is still better than Latins, who can be quite severe at any given point in their history, but not
in service of Orthodoxy...at least not past a certain point...)