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Seriously the answer is no. I see no reason why this thread is 8 pages long. There isn't any argument because the church is clear on this. If you want to argue about what Mel kites are start another thread. Username section moderator.
Vatican 2 decided that outside of a few churches, the oo and eo for instance, that other churches should be called ecclesiastical bodies. So what's wrong with our patriarchs deciding on a perfectly valid teaching of our church? Nothing.
have catholics really fundamentally make the church secular? ignoring teachings openly of rome? everyone does, just not to the degree many catholics I know do.
it's the church and home connection between ethnic time honored traditions do that link people to church. wipe that clean and you have...
I guess it doesn't matter what we think about the correct reception of converts because ultimately the bishop decides. No sense debating the history and practices. It'll only confuse the op and his bishop already told him how he is to be received.
So you've been told by an elder that elders are on their own level of authority. Talk about an elder grandstanding one's self and others considered elders. Just because someone says something it's not true. Would a humble man of God make a statement of such grandeur that I would believe...
The creed doesn't say one Chrismation for the remission of sin...
Anyone can baptize in the name of the trinity, mostly applied to emergency baptisms. Hence probably why we accept trinitarian baptisms done by heterodox.
The reason you get an annulment is because in the RCC the coupled performs the sacrament. That's why a priest or deacon can witness the marriage.
You can't say a sacrament is invalid because of the receiver or priest. The name eludes me but this is a condemned heresy in both Orthodox and RCC.