I appreciate your thoughts, as always.
If you look at the last line of post #3, you will see the very issue that I have read about over and over and over from people who were interested in Orthodoxy, visited a church, made inquiries, etc., but simply couldn’t get past the “glass” barrier that separated them from the for which that Church was primarily built.
Now, one could (and doubtless someone will) argue that those were isolated incidents or they will note that THEY joined with “no problem”, etc. Great. But the ethnic barrier exists, and if you visit some of their official webpages and read enough articles by them for them, they talk about this amongst themselves. But not in this forum…no, sirree. Never admit that there is a problem in front of Catholics!
Now, Peter, I know you know that I have said this before, but for the sake of those who were NOT involved in last year’s “dialogue” in another forum, I believe the ethnic and national orientation of the Orthodox churches has prevented the EO from succeeding in the field of world evangelism to the degree that one would expect the Church built by Christ and led by the Spirit to have achieved after 2,000 years. They have failed to fulfill the Great Commission.
This fact alone suggests to me that despite their claims to the contrary, the Orthodox churches cannot possibly qualify as the continuation of the one, true Church founded upon Peter the Rock.
KjetilK has provided one more example of this reality playing out in real life.