As far as I'm concerned, it would be flippant and disrespectful to *any* faith to consider joining just to try it out.
I agree, but there are a lot of flippant people.
Just consider Fr. J Steele's (in)famous statement that "the OICWR crowd" should convert to Orthodoxy.
? acronym means what? Thanks!
Orthodox in communion with Rome, I think.
Yes. If you want to read his whole offensive post:
The OICWR crowd is a tiny but vocal minority resident mostly online at ByzCath. They are not representative of the countless good Eastern Catholics one finds in church on Sunday.
I would beg to differ that these malcontents do not display a toxic anti-Westernism. That is pretty much all they are about, save a tenuous and virtually meaningless communion with Rome.
Most dox. And they should, in the interest of honesty.
Where are you getting the above quote?
Most don't go Orthodox. Most stay Greek Catholic. It's their choice and their life. Their parishes are just as tight knit and have the same culture and so forth that the Orthodox Church across the street has.
don't own their parish building the diocese holds the deed
don't pay their priest salary directly, the diocese (eparchy) does
the list can go on
My fav story;
friend is an Orthodox priest but his father in law is a Greek Catholic priest
His f-i-l said "when a window breaks in an Orthodox rectory it takes 3 parish council meetings to decide to do it meanwhile while harassing the priest about the heating bill going up because the window hasn't been fixed and then they have to find the person who will do it for the cheapest, When my window breaks I just call up and have it replaced and the chuch draws up the cheque"
That statement says a lot.