Catholicism and Orthodoxy a sad state of affairs
Given the furor that arose from an article I poster recently concerning the Orthodx faith and the Chrisitan faith I have done a bit of research. Now i must say catigorically and without reserve that I believe all the the Catholic Church teaches. I produce today a short essay on the differneces between the two Christian Faiths, Catholicism and Orthodoxy. I pray for reunion between us. This is not some false ecuminism, it is a fervent hope in the reunification of the Body Of Christ. we have a long way to go. What I find most disturbing is the subordination of the Orthodox Church to the State.
AN APPRECIATION OF ORTHODOX SPIRITUALITY
Orthodox Christianity possesses the seven sacraments; valid ordination, the Real Presence, a reverential understanding of Sacred Tradition, apostolic succession, a profound piety, a great history of contemplative monastic spirituality, a robust veneration of Mary and the saints, and many other truly Christian attributes. Catholics (including myself) widely admire, in particular, the sense of the sacred and the beauty and grandeur of the Orthodox Divine Liturgy (which - it should be noted - is also present in the many Byzantine or Eastern Rites of the Catholic Church), as Thomas Howard eloquently illustrates:
When I walk into an Orthodox Church ... one is immediately aware that one has stepped into the presence of what St. Paul would call the whole family in heaven and earth. You have stepped into the precincts of heaven! ... I love the Orthodox Church's spirit. I think the Orthodox Church many, many centuries ago, discovered a mode of music and worship which is timeless, which is quite apart from fashion, and which somehow answers to the mystery and the solemnity and the sacramental reality of the liturgy. more