Dear Rev. Brother: I have just read a newsletter of a Traditional priest…This priest was also impressed by the great veneration showed to Our Lady by thousands of people in the [Orthodox] churches of Moscow and St Petersburg. It is a mystery that despite this great love for Our Lady, the hearts of the Orthodox have never been inclined to seek unity with Rome over the centuries. Can you throw some light on this? One has to be obedient to the (true) Roman Pontiff to be saved. God bless, NC
That’s a good question. If they were truly devoted to Our Lady they would become Catholic; but, in my opinion, the answer as to why they don’t is, in most cases, due to intellectual pride.
Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, 1215, on Heretics: “We condemn all heretics, whatever names they may go under. They have different faces indeed but their tails are tied together inasmuch as they are alike in their pride.”I’ve spoken at length about the Catholic Faith with the Eastern “Orthodox,” and almost invariably you discover that they suffer from obvious pride which causes them to refuse to submit in humility to the Church Christ established. Many of them get hung up on complex theological issues, such as the nature of the Trinity and the meaning of grace, and they use their own ideas about these topics as reasons to find fault with the Catholic Church.