A hot topic. To provoke the good Deacon Lance to respond as he did verifies that the psychic wounds suffered by the Rusyn community during the first seventy years or so of the last century left deep scars, even on those of us - BCC or Orthodox - who were either too young to be at the center of the fight or not even born then.... I could see myself responding out of character to certain charges or exaggerations directed towards those who left the Unia - not all, I must add, coming from the Catholic "team." But, that's not for today.
Our Melkite friend expressed the common teachings of the Melkites re Rome , then a comment was made about standing up to Rome and the Orthodox response followed "What would Rome do? Excommunicate you?" To which a response of "probably nothing" followed.
I don't know about 2013, but in the early 1930's nearly ALL of the Rusyn Greek Catholic clergy and prominent laity petitioned Rome in a formal, Canon lawyer prepared petition and brief seeking redress from various claimed violations of the Union of Uzhorod incorporated in the papal bulls, EA Semper and Cum Data Fuerit which mandated, among many things, that only celibate clergy minister the North American Greek Catholics. This took place within a background of increased pressures to Latinize. This petition, respectfully prepared by a graduate of the Presov Greek Catholic seminary and Harvard Law School, was delivered to the Congregation for the Eastern Churches where it sat and sat while the Church in America boiled over.
Finally in 1936, Rome's response was finally made and it was clear. There would be no compromise or concessions from Rome. Priests were to repent and publicly recant while professing their loyalty/fealty to Rome and the Holy Father. Control over church properties would be vested in the Greek Catholic ordinary or else costly and lengthy litigation would follow.
The clergy, mostly green carded immigrants with families had little choice. Comply or face the streets in the midst of the depression. Turn over control of the financial reserves and weekly publication, the Viestnyk of the leading fraternal organization or lose burial benefits. Risk losing the properties your families secured by personal mortgages. If you resisted and had signed the petition or if you were a national fraternal lay leader and didn't recant, you were FORMALLY excommunicated. (Including my maternal grandfather.) Most clergy, including much of the anti Rome leadership folded, many parishes resisted and most lost their properties. Those who would not fold, eventually formed an independent Greek Catholic organization of parishes, elected as administrator, Fr.Orestes Chornock, pastor of what was the largest Greek Catholic parish in the USA, St. John's of Bridgeport, Ct which split into at least four St. John's in greater Bridgeport today... A year later, the bulk of those parishes and priests sought the protection of the EP, and ACROD resulted. Seventy five years later the scars still exist among the descendants of both factions but we at least understand our common history, culture and why things are what they are.
Would Rome act in a similar fashion in 2013? Probably/hopefully not. I think they practice a variant of " Don't ask, don't tell" regarding today's Greek Catholics in terms of dogmatic/doctrinal/liturgical issues but remember that Popes come and go.