Fact 1: The Melkites and Antiochians generally intercommune in the Middle East because, well, that is the way it is. And my AEO priest seems to have calmed down and accepted that it is still ok to have "fact 1" even in the US.
Here is what his slip up actually means. He knows his priest had been unhappy and agitated against Melkites intercommuning as a common practice, and that his priest could still be very unhappy about it, hence "seems to" have calmed down.
So if his priest was unhappy about that concept, why would he make an exception for U.R.G8rBait?
He said it himself- unlike what is required for random EOs off the street, in order to get communion his priest "stipulated" he is required to be a regular attender, and join the parish if he wants communion and can't just walk in randomly as a Melkite and get communion.
That was the real story all along.
His priest does not regularly commune random Melkites either.
Was URG even telling people at his parish (didn't he say he was on parish council or something) that he considered himself Melkite, like he told us about himself, when he opened this thread?
I highly doubt it, based on his priest's unhappiness with intercommunion and unusual stipulation.