I have been reading some different things about relations between the Catholic Church and the various Orthodox churches and the quest for reunion.
I understand that from a Catholic perspective, the orthodox have all valid sacraments. I understand the quest for reunion and all that, but several things raised questions that I was not able to answer.
Specifically reading about how the Catholic Church permits children of Catholic-Orthodox marriages to be raised Orthodox, and how the Catholic Church does not seek for people to join the Catholic Church, but to simply remain in the Orthodox Church.
That raised some questions I was not able to answer, especially considering the seriousness of Schism in the early fathers and all that. :shrug:
So my questions are,
1. Does the Catholic Church consider the Orthodox Church to be in a state of schism? Or does that no longer apply, given the lifting of excommunications? Are we now just separated, without the “Schism” aspect?..Because to be charged with Schism is very serious, it was for that reason that the doctrine of “No Salvation Outside of the Church” was meant.
2. Does the Catholic Church teach Orthodox have any obligation to become Catholic? If not, how does that work theologically?
and last 3. Are Catholics and Orthodox in two similarly related Church’s, or in one Church that has experienced a separation?