...my former Metropolitan, His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of Blessed Memory, might very well have prefered that I attend an Eastern Catholic Parish, or possibly even a Latin Rite Catholic Parish, to one of the Antiochian's Western Rite Parishes...
WHAT?! If this were the case, I'm sorry, but there would be some SERIOUS priority problems going on there. You're telling me that an Orthodox Metropolitan would prefer that someone would be better off going to a parish with heretical beliefs JUST because the liturgy was eastern? Moreover, that he would even prefer the western expression of said heretical Church over a western-rite parish which holds no heretical beliefs?!
I have never heard something so brazenly outlandish in my life. Then there's this:
...he did, in one of his Encyclicals against the Western Rite forbid his Clergy from Concelebrating with Western Rite Priests, and strongly discouraged the laity from having any commerce with them.
He is therefore the cause of the beginning of a schism within the Church. To say that a parish which is under the care of a canonically ordained Orthodox bishop is somehow "unworthy" of recognition as an Orthodox parish is outrageous. The western-rite parishes are under legit Orthodox bishops, full stop, and are therefore immediately worthy of recognition as such...and are definitely to be preferred as family over ANYTHING in the Roman Catholic community.
But are there any Eastern Rite Catholic Parishes in Tyler, TX?
As he himself is a western-rite Orthodox Christian, his answer is probably this: Who cares?! They are NOT in the family, and to say that the western-rite Orthodox parishes are somehow not to be preferred to these other, heretical parishes is incomprehensible.
The hellenic axe-grinding against canonical western Orthodoxy continues in the GOA, I see...
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True, the AOAA western-rite would be better off using Saurum/York. But, the Rite of St. Tikhon (which was approved for use by the MP Synod more than once) is what they use, they have the approval of their bishop to do so, and are therefore also a part of the western Orthodox movement. While their choice of liturgy is not the best, nothing therein even remotely warrants their being ostracized to the point of having RC and EC parishes preferred over them!
This is just like some British Orthodox priests who've told interested converts from Anglicanism to just "stick with the Anglican Church." The idea of being told to go outside the Orthodox communion for fellowship merely because of rite is not only spitting in the face of one's Orthodox brothers and sisters, but also the bishops of said parishes, with whom they claim to be in communion.