This is not something I am persuing. I know how to leave the Church.
I want to know if the Church has an official position as to how such a move would affect salvation. Are there considerations taken into account? What kind of danger are you putting yourself and your loved ones in if you made such a move?
The Catholic Church also recognizes that the EO as part of the Church, the Family of God.
I did leave the RCC to join the EOC & was told by a Roman Catholic priest whose friend is a Bishop/Metropolitan within the Eastern Catholic Church that by becoming EO we have not “left the Church” in the eyes of the RC.
Marina: With all respect, your priest was wrong (from a Catholic perspective). The Eastern Orthodox are in a partial, imperfect communion with the Catholic Church by virtue of their valid baptisms and Eucharist…but they are not properly speaking part of The Church. The Catholic Church, which teaches that she is THE one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church founded by Christ, is comprised of all those local churches (whether Latin dioceses or Eastern Catholic eparchies) in communion with the Chair of Peter (that is, Rome).
the priest made a mistake, or he did not understand your question, maybe he thinks your moving to an Eastern Catholic church, nevertheless, leaving the RCC to become an Eastern Orthodox is an act of schism and i believe is a mortal sin.
I know a Roman Catholic priest who would say those exact words, right down to saying he has an Eastern Catholic bishop-friend. He wouldn’t tell you that their friendship is a casual acquaintance, that he is struggling in his own faith and considering leaving the Church, or any other number of wonderful ideas he quietly holds (like female ordination). But he would be happy to tell you that becoming Orthodox isn’t leaving the Church, and he’d offer you his blessing to go. I’ve seen him do it.
With priests like him around, who needs enemies?
Marina, (is that your Chrismation saint? In the west she is known as Margaret and is one of the 14 Holy Helpers, but I prefer the name Marina myself.)
The fullness of the faith is found in the unity of faith. The Oriental Orthodox do not have it, the Eastern Orthodox do not have it, but the Catholic Communion does have it. That communion isn’t perfect right now, and considering it is made up of humans I don’t expect it ever will be. But it is perfected by its unity in faith in and through the Lord.
It is my personal opinion that the Roman Catholic Church would not have a ruling on the salvation of any one individual who left the Church because it would fall back on invincible ignorance and other circumstances which led to the person’s conversion. With Roman Catholic priests encouraging it and assuring a person that there is no sin in leaving the Church, I would hold the priest responsible before I would hold responsible the person who trusted and obeyed his authority. What it does teach is that all those people are lacking the fullness of faith which they will only find within the Catholic Church.