I most certainly did NOT mean to say Stalin was a paragon of virtue. Heaven forbid if I ever said a man who was clearly one with the spirit of antichrist is pious.
I certainly think Stalin is experiencing the torment of our God who is an all consuming fire.
Also, see Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s Encyclical Spe Salvi - “In the hope we were saved” - he goes into some depth reconciling the Latin Churches ideas and traditions regarding heaven, purgatory, and hell, with the Eastern Churches ideas of heaven-hell-purgatory not so much as places but rather as states of experiencing God.
I reverted to the Roman Church after a year of catechesis in the Russian Orthodox Church, and I still identify as a Ukrainian Greek Catholic as well as a Roman Catholic Christian.
I’ve successfully reconciled ideas like the Dormition-Assumption, the All Immaculate Theotokos - the Immaculate Conception, the idea of heaven-hell-purgatory or heaven-hell-tollhouses/unknown, the Filioque, Papal Supremacy together with Primus Inter Pares, the Biblical Deuterocanon, Original Sin-Ancestral sin.
I’ve also reconciled the differences in disciplines - use of leavened/unleavened bread, the view of the Fathers on the Papacy and Filioque.
Basically, I view the entire EO-OO-RCC schism as a huge ploy the devil to pit peoples ignorance combined with pride, plus political, cultural and lingual divides, and used these issues to break apart the seemless robe of Christ.
I think Eastern/Oriental Orthodoxy are easily reconcilable with Roman Catholicism - liturgically, doctrinally, disciplinary - it’s simply a matter of shutting out prejudice, hatred and pride and learning about all the different beautiful forms of Christianity which have flourished - I can see Christ in the Roman Mass as much as I see him in the Syrian Qurbana, and as much as I see him in the Greco-Slavic Byzantine Liturgies.
A great website reconciling Eastern and Western Orthodoxy-Orthopraxy can be found here: https://east2west.org
That site, combined with other sites showing pre-Schism Fathers supporting the Filique, supporting Papal supremacy, supporting the Immaculate Co Conception , combined with lots of prayer and meditation, is what ultimately led me to reject Eastern Orthodoxy in favor of my ancestral Roman Catholicism - but I don’t reject Orthodoxy, only a certain type of Orthodoxy best described as “Pharisaical hyperdoxy”.
Also, I believe if every Catholic and Eastern-Oriental Orthodox Christian on earth followed the examples of His Holiness Pope Francis, His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew I, and His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, I believe we would already be One and in full Communion.
The ignorant and stubborn laity, and unfortunately a lot of monastics who are filled with prelest, vehemently oppose reunion and will only accept it on unfair terms (the complete Byzantinazation of the Latin Church and every other Eastern Church - EO has a SERIOUS problem with Byzantine phyletism.