I'm more than a bit puzzled by your comment and attitude. This thread began with you posting
I am not sure if this will be considered a different topic. To me it is the same topic. I was wondering how everyone feels about The Orthodox and Catholic churches coming together as one. I would love to see it and have my ideas as to what is keeping that from happening. I know others will have different ideas. I am down to the final Days of writing about St. Photius/Photius for the Catholic Church. I am pulling myself away from the topic to give him the credit due. I found some great info on EWTN's website too. The question is...
What will it take for the Orthodox and Catholic Churches to be in communion with each other ?
The question was answered, in some detail, almost immediately, by a member of the Forum.
Subsequently, you asked what if the Catholic Church had 3 Rites under the unbrella? I'm still trying to figure out what that was about. There are, in fact 7 major Rites (Latin, Alexandrian, Antiochian, Armenian, Byzantine, Chaldean, and Maronite) and 23 Churches within the Catholic Communion.
You now are in a fit of pique, seemingly because the entire forum membership - Catholic and Orthodox - did not immediately take fingers to keyboard and expound, in great detail, on St Photius. More so, I suspect, because there was not wholesale endorsement of your considered belief that unity between and among our Churches is not a mere matter of everyone getting together and just thrashing out the details some afternoon.
While your enthusiasm is admirable, those of us who live in the Eastern world are much more aware of the reality - 'so close, yet so far'. While not everyone here is an ecumenist, by any stretch of the imagination, I think the overriding emotion among the forum's members would be one of jubilation were the Holy Spirit to provide the grace and vision and blessing for the reunification of all Christians of the Apostolic Churches. From a standpoint of reality, however, few if any expect that such will come about in the short term - because we are human beings with all the frailities thereof and are not yet able to fathom what must be done, and how it may be accomplished in a God-pleasing way, to achieve that unity.
Your apparent mission, to rediscover your Eastern roots, fully understand the East and the Orient, somehow merge it into a consciousness that is almost wholly Latin (looking to EWTN as a source for info on St Photius is proof of that), and do so in a few months of research into topics that people spend their lives trying to understand, is a daunting task. I don't remember the specifics, but you have indiicated that you are enrolled in a program that is preparing you for some sort of ministerial education in the Latin Church. You seem to consider that your cultural heritage has somehow offered you a step up that will afford you a particular opportunity to portray what the East and we of it are all about. Regretably, your viewpoint of us seems to be colored by some romanticized memories and a lot of pre-conceived and erroneous understandings, garnered from whence I don't know.
You cannot hope to have reached the level of understanding and insight with which you seemingly want to be credited in the time you've spent here. Frankly, members have been extraordinarily patient in answering your queries on this and previous threads. What is not clear is whether you have read or understood the information that has been offered.
You ask why so few answered. This is a discussion board and a community. It is open and welcoming in most all cases, but it is not the absolute focus of any of our lives. We come, we read, we answer, we ask, we pray, we laugh, we commiserate, we debate.
There are subjects that interest some and bore others to tears. There are, regretably, very interesting threads that never get the attention they deserve because the one person who could have contributed significantly to them didn't happen to read here for a week or two and the threads fell off the radar. The world of this forum does not revolve around any single poster's queries.
Knowledge is of no use if you keep it to yourself. So for all the readers.....I leave you with that reflection. I will be back at some point but only when I am doing more research. I may need to find a more friendly environment to learn about my roots in the UGCC.
A final note, other than an early thread asking us to explain to you why your mother tried to assure your awareness of your heritage (and how we were supposed to know that, I still haven't figured out), you've sought little knowledge about the UGCC or your Eastern heritage. What you have done is try to use the site as a sounding board for multiple papers that you've targeted toward what you decided to be an interesting exploration of an exotic notion - the Christian East.
I wish you good luck in your educational goals, but I highly recommend that, if you are intent on focusing your efforts toward somehow integrating the East into your work, that you do so only after seeking to obtain a much more in-depth understanding of the basics before you tackle issues on a level that you are nowhere near ready to pursue.