LOL! What you actually want is Latin structure (along with the theology), because the Orthodox churches are, alas, a little dysfunctional.
Because they have rejected Rome, they’re so ethnically identified that in the US - where there are many different ethnic groups - it’s like being part of your local Cosa Nostra. They don’t talk to each other, they’re trying to kneecap their rivals, and, actually, none of them really accept Americans from outside of their ethnic group very well.
I knew the daughter of an Orthodox priest in the Midwest who told me her father kept a gun behind the altar because another priest had been shot dead by a rival Orthodox group (same Slavic ethnic group, different faction). So they need to get back to St Peter.
BXVI really wanted to reconcile them, and I think Francis does, too. So let’s pray really hard for that!
Reconciliation would require their acknowledgement towards the Pope. Sadly, I predict that the split between us and them will widen even as the parishioners themselves narrow.
Perhaps I’m wrong about this. We shall see.
“They dont talk to each other, theyre trying to kneecap their rivals, and, actually, none of them really accept Americans from outside of their ethnic group very well.”
Actually my family was welcomed with open arms and so have numerous friends of mine. We also do indeed talk to each other. In fact I have communed at Greek, Russian, and Arab parishes without any other welcome than love. The bishops in America are also in open talks about uniting the jurisdictions in America.
I sense Pope Francis wants to see the Christian east ALL come back to Rome. When he was installed as Pope, he did invite leaders from the Orthodox Christian communities.
I have a friend from my parish who is going tomorrow to next door RI from CT, two hours for a funeral of a friend of hers going back to jr. high, who was Orthodox, that is Romanian Orthodox. Sadly she killed herself I was told, talk about disfunction.