Even better, all the people singing plainchant.
My experience with the Ruthenians is that they have NO IDEA who they are.
We are the "light under the basket" ; see Did Balamand make us redundant
In the 20th century, the Ruthenian Church was bullied by Latin bishops and caved in rather than standing for who they are supposed to be according to the Union of Brest.
Brest got it right but the sub-Carpathian Ruthenians -- in the US the BBC; see Ecclesiology
-- came in at the union of Užhorod.
There are a few hardy souls trying to be Orthodox,
But this is a perfect example of "they have NO IDEA who they are." We are Byzantine-Ruthenian Catholics not Orthodox.
And then there's the whole issue of being "Orthodox in Communion with Rome."
This is a well-intentioned phrase that sows confusion and reaps dissatisfaction..
How does one do that and remain Orthodox in theology and praxis.
By being Eastern Catholic in theology and praxis; see below on "Failure of our Church."
I still hear ECC's talk about indulgences and Purgatory, neither of which is Orthodox theologically.
They are more Orthodox in concept than Orthodox admit but are a convenient wedge for the pure-Orthodox hammer to pound..
How can you be "in communion" with that with which you do not agree, such as the various doctrines of the Latin Church which were invented after the schism of 1054?
This is another example of " a convenient wedge for the pure-Orthodox hammer to pound." I'm "in communion" exactly because I do agree. Again this is also an example of not knowing who we are. What is our main failure as a Church. Saying it again (see link: see end of post
) but his time not as a question:
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.
So rather than the polemic of "invented" I offer that one can not do better, faced with the ecumenical challenge, than to reflect on the balanced optimism of St Thomas Aquinas concerning faith, reason, and intellectual challenges:
Since faith rests upon infallible truth, and since the contrary of a truth can never be demonstrated, it is clear that the arguments brought against faith cannot be demonstrations, but are difficulties that can be answered.
Summa Theologiae 1a.1.8
The proper course here is to address and answer difficulties rather than affirm or encourage contradictions.
The term "in communion" speaks of a unity of mind and thought, and in theological thought, means that we share all doctrines in common.
This is precisely why Protestants aren't allowed to partake of the Eucharist, the very symbol of unity - because they don't have unity with our beliefs.
But by your own characterization of Orthodox issues, neither should the Orthodox.