I have a question about how similar Eastern Catholics’ beliefs are to Eastern Orthodox beliefs. I’m a RCC who has been drawn to Eastern Orthodoxy for over 20 years (and considered converting) and find Eastern Christian beliefs and spirituality resonate very deep inside of me as Truth.
The EOs don’t seem to teach using dogmatic systems or catechisms and stress learning their beliefs by living and practicing the faith, by prayer, reading and studying the ECFs and Saints and the Divine Liturgy. There are many beliefs of both the RCC and the EO that are beyond my ability to understand (for example, Created/Uncreated Grace (RCC’s believe, EO don’t); the priest acting In Persona Christi (RCC’s believe, EO’s don’t); different beliefs about God and The Trinity, etc.) However, ancestral (original) sin, salvation, theosis, grace, the afterlife are easier beliefs to grasp and they’re similar to the RCC’s beliefs but not exactly . . . which is why I can’t pin this down.
There’s a Ukrainian Catholic Church very close to my home. If Eastern Catholicism is more than simply a different Liturgy and their beliefs, prayers, spirituality and customs are the same as or close to the EO’s, I’d like to know. Maybe changing to an Eastern Catholic Rite could be the answer for me?
However, I can’t understand how Eastern Catholics can believe the same things as the EO and still be in communion with the RCC?