I’m in RCIA, and I’m fairly certain I made the right personal choice in choosing Catholicism over Orthodoxy, but I can’t help but feel saddened and/or upset when I come across some Orthodox sources online (Facebook groups, discussion boards) that basically say the Catholic Church is wrong, heretical, etc etc.
And certain quotes by Orthodox saints talk about how Orthodoxy is the true Church and false ecumenism is heretical. Doesn’t that basically mean Catholics are heretics? They also seem to preclude any possibility for Protestants and those of other backgrounds from being saved at the end.
It makes me wonder why God allowed the schism to happen or why there’s no approved message of Jesus or Our Lay speaking to a Catholic saint about the Orthodox Church, and vice-versa. Something along the lines of, “Hey you, you guys need to sort this out and reconcile with each other, or else.” If the other Church was truly heretical, Jesus or Our Lady might have spoken about it to the hypothetically only-true Church, no?
But yet, there are miracles and holy people in both Churches.
Surely, in heaven, the saints aren’t separated into Catholic and Orthodox sides, right? Maybe…?
Is reunion not being hurried by God so that we would increase our desire for unity and thus attain greater joy when what seemed impossible finally happens?
My faith must be weak because I get feelings of doubt, asking myself, “Hmm…maybe I should look into the Orthodox Church instead. Maybe Rome is too legalistic. Maybe there are heretical elements in the Church.”