May 5, 2016

Father Daniel Meyer [Orthodox] on the Differences Between Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy

Father Daniel Meyer is an Orthodox priest at Holy Ascension Orthodox Church. He does an admirable job explaining the differences between the Roman and Orthodox Churches on Holy Ascension's website. His Q & A presentation of the barriers to unification is informative and in large part fair [albeit from an Orthodox perspective].  Fr. Meyer explains:
For a Roman Catholic walking into an Orthodox church, there will be many elements that are familiar—services led by an ordained priesthood, sacramental worship, ancient tradition, Christian art, etc. But Orthodoxy also has much that is unfamiliar—a mostly married priesthood, communing infants, no papacy, and so forth. It is also likely that an Orthodox church will be a riot of color in comparison with the simpler statuary of Rome’s churches.
But beyond these initial impressions, there is actually much that continues to separate Rome from Orthodoxy. One of the most common mistakes is an assumption that surface similarities mean that there really isn’t any major difference between Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy.
See Father's article "For Roman Catholics" to read the Q & A in full. Let us pray for a reunion of the Church, East and West.

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