okay, I've lurked here more than I've posted. I've went back and viewed posts from 2002 as well.
I've come to realize that no matter what board one visits they'll see the exact same discussions. (some may be more charitable than others)
Why can't we all just get along ? I know it's easier said than done.
Here's a little story that I'd like to share.
When I married my Greek Orthodox wife, I agreed to get married in her Church as long as she agreed to take the Catholic marriage preparation course with me.
Our wedding was beautiful.
After a year or so of marriage we started doing some decorating in our house and my in-laws had brought us back a beautiful sterling silver on wood Icon of the Theotokos, which we had in our bedroom. I also had a painting of the Crucifixion depicting Christ with His Mother at the foot of the Cross. This belonged to my Grandmother (Memory Eternal), which I cherish dearly.
The time came and my wife told me to take the painting down in our bedroom, and I got very upset, and rebutted with "We'll I'm taking down the icon too, it means nothing to me"
Since then, I have had a complete change of heart, I embrace everything in the Orthodox faith with reverence and love. The Icon of the Theotokos now sits above my 20 month old daughter as she sleeps, along with a wooden Crucifix from Jerusalem, and an picture of St. Th+Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬r+Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¿se of Lisieux.
I had even considered converting to Orthodoxy so that my family could be "canonically undivided" (we baptized our daughter GO).
I decided against converting, mainly because I have hope. A hope that we all need, so that unity will be achieved and these "Catholic vs. Orthodox" threads will cease.
your brother in Christ