[So for the EC's who reject it, why dont they become Orthodox? Or do they, even though they may reject infallibility, still see Catholicism as the True Church?]
I have been trying to figure out questions like that for most of my 64 years and have yet to come up with an answer. But then the Unia never made any sense to me to begin with. It's like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.
Some of them think that in spite of everything one's Christianity cannot be complete if one isn't 'in communion with' hence (under the authority of) the Pope. However, these same people will get highly insulted if you try and remind them of this papal allegiance by calling them 'Roman' or 'papal'. They consider it the greatest of insults. Go figure!
As has been brought out here and elsewhere, some of them think they are already Orthodox. But, to me, they are identifying themselves by their traditions and worship rather than their beliefs. We orthodox identify ourselves by the very doctrines we have proclaimed, protected, and upheld UNCHANGED since the church was still basically united and of 'one mind' as mentioned in Scripture. We are proud of the fact that we have not added to those doctrines (as the RC's have), subtracted from those doctrines (as the Protestants have), or modified those doctrines (as both the RC's & Protestants have). And, that's what makes us Orthodox. Not our traditions and worship. It just goes to show how far from Orthodoxy they have wandered in the 400+ years under papal authority. They have lost the basic essence of what it means to be Orthodox. Yet they go around proclaiming they are 'Orthodox In Communion With Rome'!
The Unia was never created to survive. In those lands where it developed through force and deception, it was created with the idea that with each generation they would become more latinized until they would eventually evolve into full fledged Roman Catholics. The RCC knew the people had a strong Orthodox identity (many of them still do) and would never willingly or knowingly renounce Orthodoxy. In 1596 people were still basically illerate. They could neither read nor write. So they based everything on what they saw or heard. As long as everything looked the same and sounded the same they would never really comprehend what had taken place. Then the gradual Latinization could begin ever so gently.
When the union was signed the very next Sunday your average peasant went to Liturgy. The Liturgy was exactly the same and the local Bishop was still commemorated. The word 'Orthodox' was still mentioned in the Liturgy. So the people had no way to know anything had changed. The only place where the Popes name was mentioned was in the Cathedral. People who questioned it were told the Pope had become Orthodox!
This was OK while the Unia remained localized within certain areas. But history had other ideas and people began to immigrate to other area's for a variety of reasons. So the deception became that much harder to maintain. Hence, we have the rush to latinize here in the U.S.
I think that of all the replies I have read so far, (Post 27) best explains their mentality. They seem to be divided into three main groups...pro Orthodox, anti Orthodox, and pro Latinization.
Not to confuse you more but have you ever read the 'Melkite Initiative' that came out in 1995?
This initiative was the profession of faith made by the Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop Elias Zogby:
"They offer special thanks to Archbishop EliasZoghby whose 1995 Profession of Faith was the major force for reopening dialogue with the Orthodox brothers. Zoghby, the former archbishop of Baalbek and a long-time leader among the Melkite bishops, offered this brief statement in 1995 and it was subscribed to by 24 of the 26 bishops present at the 1995 Holy Synod:
1. I believe everything which Eastern Orthodoxy teaches.
2. I am in communion with the Bishop of Rome as the first among the bishops, according to the limits recognized by the Holy Fathers of the East during the first millennium, before the separation."
Based on this statement they wanted to establish communion with both Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism at the same time. Needless to say, it was rejected by both.
One would also have to wonder why they wouldn't want to return to Orthodoxy when their profession of faith was Orthodox rather than Roman Catholic!