I am a cradle Catholic, however I seriously considered converting to Eastern Orthodoxy in my late teens. I attended Divine Liturgies and pretty much agreed with Orthodox theological peculiarities such as the the filioque controversy.
Then I had a ‘sea change’ back to Catholicism and am now a convinced Catholic. Looking at the state of Russian Orthodox Church under Putin and the extent to which it is complicit in the crimes of that regime against Ukraine have confirmed the prudence of that choice for me. There is such beauty and truth in Orthodoxy, yet I just cannot square that with the nation-statism that pervades its modern incarnation.
I utterly abhor caeseropapism and nationalism mixing with religion. In a decent country like Bulgaria or Greece, the national-church model works perfectly. In a bad country like Putinist Russia, well we see the results.
I still prefer certain elements of Orthodox theology (ie the more compassionate regard for sin, the less legalistic and more mystical emphasis etc.) but I will never again consider swimming the Bosphorus due to my disagreement with the ecclesiastical structure of Eastern Orthodoxy.
Hesychasm is wonderful and the Catholic Church has much to learn from Eastern Christian traditions (I do believe that Orthodoxy excels Catholicism in certain theological areas), however Eastern Orthodoxy does not attract me anymore as a potential ‘home’, at least not while the Moscow Patriarchate acts the way it acts.