So I should stand by let you slander the Roman Catholic Church with your lies? It is not true that Roman Catholics do and allow anything in church.
I'm not slandering the Roman Catholic Church. If anything, the Roman Catholic Church is slandering the Roman Catholic Church.
Look, Stanley, you're the one jumping into this thread to accuse the Orthodox of denigrating RC's for doing things Orthodox do, but you make a poor case for it. First of all, not all Orthodox do it, but only certain communities. Second, in those places, it's either ancient (Ethiopia) or a recent attempt at inculturation (Ghana) that fits the culture. Rome does that in Africa as well, and I don't think anyone has criticised that here.
But you are suggesting that the existence of these forms of "liturgical dance" in Africa is the same as a couple of German priests running a fundraiser in Germany for a hospital in Bethlehem by hosting a Mass (again, in Germany) where the priests aren't fully vested, one plays a clarinet, there are belly dancing women gyrating about with snakes wrapped around their hips, and Communion is passed around to participants seated at their tables in the manner of waiters serving the salad course at a banquet. Show me where any of these things are allowed in the rubrics of the Roman Missal, or where the Vatican has approved of these adaptations for the dioceses of Germany. Prove to me that snake-adorned belly dancers and "Communion as hors d'oeuvres" are important, centuries old elements of German culture that can enhance the celebration of the divine mysteries.
Of course, this can be extended to any number of liturgically questionable practices. Rome doesn't allow them in the sense of actively permitting them: they can always point to a book or a document and say "No". But if they have to draft a rubric or write an instruction against a practice, it's only because it's being done enough that they need to address it (that is, until a few decades of disobedience have passed, and then they finally allow it into the rubrics). Rome knows what's going on. The Pope meets with every bishop in the world once every five years, has papal ambassadors in every place where there are Catholics, has internet access, receives mail, uses the telephone, etc. They know what's going on. They know that from bishops on down, a lot of crazy stuff is going on, and they can't issue any document that will effectively put a stop to it because they won't listen (heck, the current Pope is known to have done such things before and after his ascent to the see of Rome). But Rome clearly believes herself to have the power to do something about it, because they can restrict the activities of groups using the traditional Roman liturgy with lightning speed...the difference is that those groups are already predisposed to obedience. The only thing Rome can do is keep trying to advocate for higher standards across the board while appointing better bishops and hopefully things will become more sane.
If you were willing to admit that there are problems being addressed and progress is being made, but it's slow going and requires time, I think you'd find that the Orthodox are your allies, despite the differences in faith. There are a number of Orthodox posters who have posted positive experiences with RC liturgy and posted videos or other material of beautiful services. In real life, Pope Benedict's Summorum Pontificum
was welcomed as a great step forward by none other than the Patriarch of Moscow even while his own RC bishops were busy trying to interfere with its application. There are Orthodox who are very happy to support Roman Catholics in such things. It's the Roman Catholics who don't know what to do with it. Because for every Benedict XVI who will point to the Orthodox as an example of good liturgy and good liturgical theology, there is a Pope willing to violate rubrics and allow random stuff in his own Masses. There are people who will appeal to "Ethiopian liturgical dance" in order to justify scantily clad women dancing around altars with bowls of incense in Los Angeles, but they won't appeal to "Ethiopian fasting" to increase the pre-Communion fast from its current "one hour before Communion, or they won't be interested in "Ethiopian ad orientem liturgy", or "Ethiopian five hour liturgy", or "Ethiopian orthodox teaching". No, none of those "Ethiopian things" are worth emulating, they just want enough "Ethiopian" influence to turn the 11am Mass at St Anyone's into happy hour at Hooters.
Again, let's stop, shall we? I don't want to have to start posting photos and videos to illustrate my point of view.