Don't you Orthodox go accusing the Catholic Church for being unfair towards religious minorities. I am a Roman Catholic
in Greece and I know what it is to be treated unfairly by the Orthodox church, the state, the school and the Orthodox parishes sorrounding our Catholic parish. I attend a greek high school and I know how it feels to be beaten up unless you say stuff like "Long live the Ecumenical Patriarch" and be accused for the sack of Istanbul by the Turks. So, kindly I say:
Umm...Armando, you were once Orthodox correct? Baptised as a child? Well have you heard of St. Peter the Aleut? Well, since I'm Canadian, I'm kinda familiar with his story.
Anyways, he was a native Inuit from Kodiak Island, a fur hunter, and was baptised by the local Russian Orthodox missionaries. Bak then Spain had control of California and many russian and aleut slaves were captured who traded there. They were tortured by Spanish Catholic priests who tryed to force them to accept the Roman Catholic Faith. An eye witness account tells how the priest ordered St. Peter's fingers to be cut off one joint at a time and then that he be disemboweled.
As you know, when the Patriarch of Constantinopole asked for help from the West, what did the Catholics do? They came, raided the city, put a harlot on the seat of the episkopos, ripped down the iconostasis, and this attack o nthe city eventually had its toll which also helped to bring down the city so that it would be so weak that the turks years later would be able to surpass the city's "impregnable walls".
What about the thousands upon thousands of innocents who were tortured by the Holy Roman Inquisition? The Spanish Inquisition? For being "witches"?
You're telling us to bugger off... Ela tora buddy. This website is called "Orthodox Christianity.net". If anyone should bugger off, it shouldn't be us.
Oh yeah, and for the record most Catholics I've talked to in my school thought "Orthodox" was either Jewish, Islamic-styled Protestantism (huh?), or pseudo- Christian Bhuddist philosophy.
One of yout Catholic saints whom I really respect recently canonized (Padre Pio) was also quite 'orthodox' in his beliefs. He was against liturgical bogus reform known as "Novus Ordo" and he stuck to the faith. I can easily compare him to the monks on Mt. Athos for his deep spiritual understanding and depth of prayer-life he had.