Just which "straws" do you think I'm "grasping at", anyway?
All the stuff about intercommunion between Orthodox and Catholics.
Just remind me--what actions of which communion am I criticizing?
It's the topic of the thread. Chill out.
And paleeeeze.....the criticisms that I've read on this board of Catholics of any variety are far from "exceedingly rare" (although the people leveling them tend to be in a small minority--as far as I can tell), and not always restricted, as you would love to believe, to the level of doctrine or praxis. Sometimes it's gotten downright nasty on a very personal level, and I think you know what I'm talking about.
This board is not the church. I think you might have missed what I was trying to convey in my post. My apologies.
You may very well be speaking for and of yourself when you write "We care about what we do, not so much what you do", and I laud you for it.
Well, not just me, that is the general attitude of the entire church. To the extent that there are exceptions, they are at the individual level and brought out either through direct questioning or as a result of the somewhat anomalous position of Christianity in today's world, wherein it is actually quite easy for Orthodox and Catholics or Protestants to be in each others' business, particularly in the various diasporas of traditionally Orthodox ethnicities. That does not really alter the modus operandi of the church. I can say honestly that I have never witnessed the Roman Catholic Church being addressed in an ecclesiastical context (read: outside of specifically comparative writings). Occasionally the priest or a member of the laity will ask me something over the Agape meal because they know I come from an RC background, but that is because they honestly don't know something, not because they're looking for a chance to dump on the RCC. I think you're letting your hurt feelings from too much arguing with people here or elsewhere cloud your perception.
There are others of the Orthodox Church who seem to care very much about what does and does happen in the Catholic Church. And I wouldn't write that if I hadn't personally come across it in any number of places.
Sure. A number of places that weren't within the Orthodox Church, perhaps?
1. Whether you or anyone else likes it or not, there *is* intercommunion between Catholics and Orthodox. It is not rampant or even very common in most places. It does, however, happen. There are no straws being grasped at here. I'm just stating fact. God alone knows if and when it will be more widespread or even commonplace. God alone knows whether this side of eternity or not the Orthodox and Catholic Churches will be reunited. My prayer is that they will be. Now, if *that* is grasping at straws, I'm more than happy to do so.
2. On a one to one, individual basis with all the Orthodox clergy I've interacted with (with one or two exceptions, that have occurred on this board) I would agree that there's been little to no "Catholic bashing" and few expressions of any kind of contempt, always very politely worded, towards Catholicism/Catholic theology, praxis, ecclesiology. The concern has almost always been about Orthodox praxis and theology, etc., as it rightly should be.
Within the context of "ecumenical" "dialogue", on the internet, in journals, and within the various Orthodox institutions, there is and has been to varying degree, concern amongst Orthodox about what Catholics do and do not do. Within reason, this is totally appropriate and necessary. When it devolves into "it's *only* my way or the highway" or bashing, demeaning, belittling, and dismissing Catholics and things Catholic, which in my experience almost always happens either on the internet or within the context of discussion with individuals, then it has gone too far, imho. That kind of thing has nothing at all to do with any kind of efforts to re-unite the One Church that man as ripped asunder.