WHY CAN'T THEY JUST LIFT THE ANATHEMAS AND UNITE! ITS BEEN LIKE 15 YEARS SINCE THE LAST MEETING!
Feelings towards us are growing colder and more volatile by the day. People are becoming more extreme in view as time continues to go by.
Why can't we summon a Great Ecumenical Council and solve this tragedy once and for all? Wouldn't that be the only logical way to formally lift anathemas on both sides? Haven't previous councils lifted anathemas before (I'm sure they did...)?
Are the monks at Mount Athos the only obstacle?
What is the most recent update on this issue?
If they already agreed that we are Orthodox, then what is the hold up? Are they backsliding?
Do we have to accept their 7 councils? What would be the problem? Don't we essentially agree with councils 5,6, & 7 (excluding the anathemas of St. Severus & others)?
Wouldn't Chalcedon's anathemas have to be amended by another Ecumenical Council?
Can't Ecumenical Councils clarify each other (supposedly 5,6 & 7 further clarified Chalcedon)? If we had another council, can't that clarify the whole dispute?
What in the world are we (or they) waiting for? The Church has enough divisions, and uniting the 2 Orthodox families may be the first step in the right direction. We aren't growing any younger...
Input from Fathers and layman alike are welcome ;)