[quote="silverdenali, post:1, topic:282931"]
First thread I've ever started, but one thing I keep wondering...
I read a lot of threads on here, talk a lot with Christians (spectrum of devout Catholics to lapsed to fiery non-denominational Evangelicals) anyway...
I notice a recurring trend among Catholics to "bring Protestants home to Rome." etc... I even enjoyed reading Scott Hahn's story. Not saying I disagree with efforts by Catholics to correct common misconceptions etc, but why the difference in approaches?
It's like Catholics view the Orthodox as Christian equals, yet whenever possible action must be taken to enlighten our "separated brethren" Protestants. especially when a given topic is say the Papacy, something the Orthodox & Protestants can hold together vs. Catholicism.
Guessing the main reasons are: Since the Protestant Reformation was against the RCC & a function of living in the USA where it's mostly Catholics & Protestants...
There's more to it than that. RCs understand Orthodox churches to be "true particular churches." They are in schism from Rome, but they have valid sacraments and true bishops. Thus, the focus is going to fall much more on working for reunion of whole Orthodox churches, led by their own valid bishops, with Rome.
Protestants, on the other hand, are from the official RC standpoint only "ecclesial communities," not true churches. They don't think we (I say "we" because they definitely include us Anglicans in this category) have valid apostolic succession or a valid Eucharist. They believe that we broke from historic Christianity in a fairly major way, which the Orthodox didn't.
Granted, the official position of the Vatican focuses on communal reunion with Protestants as well as with Orthodox, and certainly there are Orthodox who convert as individuals and Catholics who try to get them to do so. All I'm saying is that there are good reasons for Catholics to have a very different attitude to Orthodox than to Protestants. And while I'm not sure about the whole "validity" business, I would agree that we Protestants--including Anglicans--have a much more conflicted and complicated relationship to historic, orthodox Christianity than either Catholics or Orthodox do.