Don't the Eastern Orthodox also have a canon law that they must follow, and don't they cite the Church Fathers regularly?
The purpose of Canon Laws have become different between East and West. Sadly, every internet Roman Catholic thinks he is a Canon Law expert and can use it to win internet debates or admonish someone else.
Do you mean "Roman Catholic" in the sense of "Latin Catholic"? (Which seems to be its usual definition on CAF, but I don't want to assume, since that could lead to misunderstandings down the line.)