Mary, my sense is that we Orthodox see the Magisterium of Rome as the 'lynch pin' of Roman Catholic teachings. There is a single point of reference, a single authority, for all teachings.
This has given the RCC the ability to conduct major changes in theology and practice in a very brief period of time, such as the Novo Ordo, which the Orthodox Church simply could never do even if a majority of the bishops resolved to do just that. Our diversification of authority, through the notion of common Apostolic succession to all bishops, prevents such changes.
For this reason, we tend to look at RCC tradition as a dictate of the Magisterium. All saints, all writings, all teachings come through this single entity, whereas Orthodox teachings come from a consensus perspective: we don't have a single interpretive office.
Now, there may be particulars in how that single office conducts business, and I imagine that given the size and history of the Vatican makes even small changes rather difficult, but they are certainly easier to accomplish than getting a room full of Russians and Greeks to sit down and agree to anything!
I do understand what you are saying and appreciate the impact that vision would have on those outside of the Church.
But I must add this to what you have said. The very fact that the Novus Ordo and many many of the changes that are comprised today, by the normative Roman rite, actually were implemented on the orders of various bishop's delegates in committee and not by the papal office nor even the documents from a general council, ought to make it plain as day that there is a fearsome amount of power in the office of bishop in the Catholic Church.
The truth is that there is no one single locus of magisterial teaching. There is indeed one single locus for collecting the documents and teachings of the ages, coming from councils and synodal meetings and curial texts so that it becomes that much more efficient to devise a catechism or a code of canons...but to think that the contents of those tomes come from one single point on some triangle of a hierarchy is simply a delusion.
But the magisterial charge was given to the bishops and that is where the locus of power in the Church remains to this day. The source of the petrine authority may indeed be divine, but the successful daily and pedestrian exercise of that authority is absolutely dependent upon the good will of Catholic bishops all over the world.
Short of an act of God there is nothing that can break the power of a bishop.
In that spirit, I believe that the cracking open of the sexual scandal in the Church is such and act of divine providence. For all of the ensuing distress, I believe there will be great good emerge from it. God help those who have been accused falsely however. Lord have mercy.
Without that understanding then it is impossible to grasp the glory of the Catholic Church. It is also impossible to really understand and forgive those who bear the magisterial ugliness that too often resides within.
There's more but that's enough for the moment.