As I promised in this other thread
, here is an update on my current situation.
A recap: I am currently a Roman Catholic but I've been leaning toward Eastern Orthodoxy. The one thing that was stopping me was my obligation to the Knights of Columbus (a Roman Catholic fraternal organization) because I had just created a new council at my parish (and I didn't want to leave the council hanging). My intention was to explore the EO Church after my term as Grand Knight ended.
Toward the end of my "term," however, I met a woman through an online dating website. I lived in the United States and she is a Philippine citizen currently living in Vietnam (she teaches English as a foreign language). After just a few months of communication, I knew that she was the "one for me" and I made the bold decision to move to Vietnam to be with her. It's a long story as to why I moved to Vietnam, but it boils down to she doesn't know if she wants to move to the United States yet as she has family in the Philippines.
I've been here for a little over a month and that brings me to my current situation. There are four impediments to me joining the EO Church.
Firstly, we are cohabitating. We both know that it is sinful and there's no valid excuse I can give to justify our decision (knowing that it was sinful). But that's just where we are. We would live apart, but we've decided to...
Secondly, get married in January via a civil wedding in the Philippines. We basically want to have a civil wedding because it will cost a lot less. Again, I know that's a terrible reason to give and it doesn't justify anything, but it is what it is (and I don't mean that to sound disrespectful).
Thirdly, I know it may not sound like it, but she is a devout Roman Catholic. She knows that cohabitating and getting married outside of the Church are sinful and she struggles with our decision. But she prays often and attends Mass every Sunday. She doesn't want to become a member of the EO Church.
Lastly, there are no EO priests or churches here in Hanoi, Vietnam (that I've been able to find so far).
I'm not really looking for answers to my problems, I just felt it necessary to share my situation since everyone here was so welcoming to me when I first joined. Perhaps I can ask for prayers even though I don't deserve them?
May God bless you all!