I want to be fair, when Papist said "Either be Catholic or don't...." he touched a raw nerve with us Orthodox and with his Eastern Catholic brothers and sisters. We took that they way we have taken that sentiment for centuries whether it came from the mouths of our secular rulers or our Bishops or ignorant, misinformed representatives of the Roman Rite like Archbishop Ireland and others. It was code for give up your traditions and jump on board the 'mother ship' and be 'real' Catholics. Far too many of us fell for that siren song either out of weakness, our own ignorance or simply convenience.
I painfully remember a friend, an Irish politician who was a good guy who thought he was a jokester when he would come to picnics or dinners at the Orthodox or the Greek Catholics parishes and quip about being among the 'Triple AAA' - the high minor leagues. No one thought he was funny - just ignorant. Still it hurt.
I don't think that is what Papist meant - and I hope he clarifies his intent. However, what he said is still not acceptable to the Eastern Catholics whom I know who are schooled in the teachings of their Church and its modern theoretical relationship to the Holy See. That is why neither Rome no longer views the unia as being a 'bridge' to unity as they espoused in the past. It is what it is and the faith and strength of those churches and their faithful should be respected by Roman Catholics - not questioned.
I would like to clarify. I don't think that Eastern Catholics should be "latinized". They should hold to their Eastern traditions without interferance from Rome.
However, I do think that Eastern Catholics must hold to the entire Catholic faith, including the dogmas of Vatican I. If they do not, then they no longer profess the Catholic faith, and going into communion with the Eastern Orthodox is the most honest thing that they can do.
I hold no ill will to those who are moved by their conscience to join the Eastern Orthodox Church. I respect their actions because they are honest.
I do not question the faith of those like Todd and Joe. I think they really do love God. I really do. However I am questioning the decision to remain in a communion that contradicts their faith. I question it because we already have enough dissenters, and lumping more in is bad for the Catholic Church.
One Last point: Not all Eastern Catholics are like Todd and Joe. The Eastern Catholic parish here in Albuquerque is a good example of a parish that is faithful to the entire Catholic faith.