[quote=katherine2]The rule on communion is known to be relaxed in certain Orthodox communities, namely those with a close cultural relationship (and often family intermixing) between the two Churches (Melkites-Antiocheans/ Ukrainians/ Syrians, etc. )
The Melkites proposed communion with the Orthodox and were soundly rebuked by Rome.
The Antiochian Orthodox rejected it.
In October, 1996 the Holy Synod of the Antiochian Orthodox Patriarchate issued a statement which included these concerns on the Melkite proposal:
"In this regard, our Church questions the unity of faith which the Melkite Catholics think has become possible. Our Church believes that the discussion of this unity with Rome is still in its primitive stage. The first step toward unity on the doctrinal level, is not to consider as ecumenical, the Western local councils which the Church of Rome, convened, separately, including the First Vatican Council.
“And second the Melkite Catholics should not be obligated to accept such councils. Regarding inter-communion now, our Synod believes that inter-communion cannot be separated from the unity of faith. Moreover, inter-communion is the last step in the quest for unity and not the first.”
In a letter to the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America concerning communion for Melkite Catholics, Metropolitan Philip who leads the Antiochian Archdiocese in America also said:
“Please be advised that, while we pray for unity among all Christians, we cannot and will not enter into communion with non-Orthodox until we first achieve the unity of faith. As long as this unity of faith is not realized, there cannot be intercommunion. We ask you to adhere to the instructions which you receive from our office and hierarchs.”
That there is a lot of disinformation circulating on this matter. Some of it stems from statements made at theological symposia which people accept as being official statements but in fact they are only proposals from theologians.