Do you understand that Eastern Catholics are supposed to be "Orthodox in Communion with Rome,"
What do you mean "as used here?"
With your understanding as you have amply demonstrated here in your diatribe. In my opinion. based on your response, it set you on the wrong course. There is an approach that I have observed -- in the BBC especially -- that would have it that we demonstrate how Eastern, or even Orthodox, we are by disparaging the West. I believe in a different path, for instance:
A Failure of our Church ? link 1
Several years ago I had occasion to prepare talks on the general topic of dogma. One of the first slides of my talk asked:
A Failure of our Church ?
To effectively articulate why, as eastern, orthodox Christians we are, and why one should be Catholic – we, who are living (though perhaps rather imperfectly) the desired unity.
And as I have posted elsewhere on this forum:
I do think that in general an adequate Eastern Catholic articulation of the Catholic faith, which I profess to be orthodox, is lacking.
, also A Failure of our Church ? link 2
...and if we are, then we hold to those distinctives of Orthodox theology, soteriology, eclessiology, etc.
Yes but Eastern, not necessarily Orthodox but very often also Orthodox.
This is waffling, if I am correctly understanding what you are saying.
There is a large area of agreement but not total. If all that is required is an Eastern articulation of theology one can dispense with the West and even more so if not in communion with the West. So the presentation that results is one sided: Here is the worst of plodding Western, Catholic theological opinion
and here the purity and eloquence of the Orthodox faith
-- now choose. As you put it.:
Either we are Orthodox, as were the first to enter into the Unia and the Union of Brest, or we are not ... Pick a side and go there. [/b]
So you're not a two lung guy; that they all may be one then, choose "a side" of the Body of Christ, the one with the lung. I say again:
The excessive Vostochnik who looks deep enough in the mirror should see the eastern-image version of that rightly criticized " Roman Catholics of the more conservative bent." Neither Eastern nor Western triumphalism is the Way.
Keep looking in that mirror.