DictatorCzar . . .
I been researching for quite some time. And I can’t decide wether to decide to convert to the Catholic or Orthodox churches.
Praying for you DictatorCzar.
Would you mind referring to me all the writings that explicitly mention “Orthodox Churches” over the first three hundred years of Christianity?
Naturally I am going to say you should become Catholic since you asked (Full Disclosure: I am Catholic).
In 2000 years we have had great popes, good popes, mediocre popes and bad popes.
But they have always served as the visible sign of unity.
And they always have the ability and supernatural protection to solve doctrinal conflict authoritatively if necessary.
Not that everything they say is under that level of protection (nobody teaches that–not even Catholics).
We are not ultramontanists.
But the Pope has the Keys of authority.
In a sense ALL bishops (and their successors) have access to the keys (if they did not, we could not have new Popes).
But in another sense, the keys are ONLY entrusted to ONE–St. Peter (and his successors).
PS By the way. You can still join one of the Eastern Rite (“Roman”) Catholic rites and still attend Mass at your local Latin Rite Catholic Church.
Then when you are on the road, etc. or if you move, or whatever, you can attend the Eastern Rite Catholic Liturgy.