sitetest: “I don’t believe that there will be reunion short of the Second Coming”
Why do you believe this to be so?
I hope you are wrong.
T, sitetest is likely closer to correct than anyone who thinks any of us will live to see a reunion. I am convinced to the depths of my soul that as I said, the Orthodox laity don’t want it and in any event will never allow it to be imposed on us by our hierarchs. We simply have neither the need nor the desire for it. This is not to say that we cannot work out the few theological differences which remain between us nor does it mean that we cannot make common cause against the “world” and Mohammedanism. Actions like the one which is the subject of this thread make even that more difficult to do.
I understand, and I appreciate your thoughtful response.
The Orthodox should stop the search for unity of the apostolic church because the laity are opposed? This hostility, or ambivalence if you will, on the part of the Orthodox laity is not praiseworthy. Nothing should be imposed but it is the role of the bishops, after the theological disputes have been resolved, to act as pastors and lead their flocks. Even now the bishops should be preparing the ground work of eventual union should the theological disputes be settled. Jesus Christ founded one Church and we should all be seeking to do his will to be united in faith.