[quote="Ad_Orientem, post:8, topic:339804"]
Which "Orthodox Church" are you going to join?
There are the separated bodies associated with Constantinople (Greek, Russian, etc), which recognize seven Councils; some in communion with Bartholomew I and some not. With respect, I do not think it is one Church, nor a sea of tranquility. True, they didn't undergo the same upheaval we underwent in the late 20th century, and thus don't have the same crisis; but they've had their own upheavals of a different nature. Caesaropapism is one of the issues involved, not to mention jurisdictional conflicts and disputes over what constitutes "Orthodoxy."
Then there are the so-called Non-Chalcedonians (Coptics, Ethiopians, Armenians, etc) who recognize only three ecumenical Councils; and the separated Assyrians who recognize but two.
On what grounds will you decide which body or federation of bodies is the true Church? Because it brings relief to the crises in the Church you are in? -- only to be replaced by other crises.
But, ad orientem, which Catholic Church do I belong to? With the rage and vitriol being stirred by the quoting, or misquoting of Pope Francis I am starting to question if we any longer have "one faith". And it's not the disagreement which upsets me most, but the anger and bitterness thrust by each extreme to the other. None of this shows any Christian love. Each side is so focused on proving the other wrong that Jesus seems to be elbowed to the side lines.
I also don't like how this thread is descending into an attack against misplaced book who was just trying to give me a compassionate answer to my question.
If we are the "one true church" how can the words of our "divinely inspired leader" produce such animosity? This is the first time in 60 years that I have questioned the church. I don't believe the devil is tempting me away, if anything he's dancing with glee at the controversy and anger being reignited. If anything the devil would tempt me to muck in and fight along with everyone else.
I've gone through a one year battle with cancer, which, praise be to God, I seem to have won. The Rosary, padre pio, pope John Paul II, and the writings of Pope Benedict helped me get through. But I'm now seeing both popes and the beliefs of padre pio being deprecated and maligned by the left and misrepresented by the right. I'm looking for a church which is united in what they profess. If you claim we are ,"the one true church", prove it through it's actions. We can no longer continue chanting that mantra while tearing each other apart. In love of Christian unity.