I have been involved with the Legion of Mary in Scotland, and one of our works is missions to Finland. These have won several hundred converts, and last year saw the first Finnish Catholic bishop of Finland since the reformation.
10% of the Finnish population are Orthodox. They have a distinctive liturgy and hierarchy, with more Western art than Russian ikons in their churches, but are still, for historical and political reasons, under the Patriarchal authority of Moscow. Orthodox Finns are often looked upon as unpatriotic by their secular/Protestant neighbors for this reason. Looking at the other national churches which sit around the Western border of Russia (Ukrainians, Ruthenians, etc.) I have wondered whether the offer has ever been made for Roman autocephaly for the Finnish Orthodox Church. Such an offer would probably satisfy many of the Orthodox faithful in that country, guaranteeing their distinctive traditions, and demonstrating their commitment to a free democratic Finland, not to Russian imperialist ambitions in the region.
I was wondering whether we are missing a trick, potentially having half a million Catholic converts on hand, and a way of making Catholic tradition familiar and accessible to the people of that country on their own terms. How would an offer of autocephapous status be made by the Roman Church to another body?
Has there been a decision to suspend any such moves to smooth the path for Catholic/Orthodox dialogue?