Is it just me, or does it seem like the RC church is more open to the idea of reuniting than the OC?....Is it true that the RC is more open to talks of reuniting?
From what I have read here and on other boards, many Orthodox are quite open to union with Roman Catholics. If the Roman Catholics would only make a few small changes, then the unification would proceed smoothly. This is not a complete list, but to name just a few of the changes I have heard about:
1. Papal infallibility
2. Papal supremacy and universal jurisdiction
4. Immaculate conception
5. Purgatory and indulgences
6. Division of sin into mortal and venial
7. Baptism by sprinkling or pouring instead of triple immersion.
8. Baptism, Holy Communion and Chrismation at different times. They should be given together.
9. Use of statues instead of icons. Statues must be banned and only officially approved icons may be used.
10. Correct method to make the sign of the Cross.
11. Restoration of a full epiclesis during Mass.
12. Adoption of the revised Julian calendar and accept the Orthodox date for Easter and other feast days.
13. No musical instrumentation allowed during liturgy. Only liturgical songs approved by Eastern Orthodox bishops may be sung; i.e., no profane music, no guitars, no electric pianos, etc. Only chanting according to a prescribed liturgical form is allowed.
14. Adoption of Orthodox fasting rules for Holy Communion and for Lent and for other periods such as the Nativity fast, the Dormitian fast, and the Apostles fast.
15. Communion in both kinds given by the spoon.
16. Icons of Mary must have her holding the Child Jesus and not alone.
17. Reform of the present Roman New Mass to make it more spiritually edifying in line with the Orthodox Divine Liturgy.
18. Acceptance of all Eastern Orthodox saints, such as St. Photius, and throwing out certain western saints, such as St. Josephat.
19. Reevaluation of all Roman Councils held after the seventh ecumenical Council in the light of Orthodox teaching.
20. Rejection of the theory of marriage annulments, according to which just about anyone can get his marriage annulled by invoking the idea of deficient consent at the time of the marriage ceremony. Require the crowning ceremony for marriage.
21. All Roman clergy, including priests, bishops and the Pope would undergo a brief re-education period and subsequently be re-ordained by Orthodox bishops.