Before I continue exploring the objective Orthodox-Catholic issues that are of interest to me, let me make a few clarifications about my intentions as a blogger.
First, this blog was not meant to be all about me. I have no desire for fame, and I have no lust for “blogpress” or “public affirmation”. Nor am I looking to be made a “martyr” at the hands of my fellow Orthodox who strongly disagree with me. I was actually quite taken aback when my blog was found so soon and linked to on a couple of Catholic blogs that I first linked to on my blogroll. The attention and the comments came on very fast. This may have given the wrong impression to others, that I was out to promote myself from the get-go. That was not my intention.
Second, my aim is not to stir up controversy for the sake of controversy. I don’t like controversy, and I don’t like polemics. But I also realize that the issues I am interested in are controversial, whether I like it or not. I certainly expected disagreement, but it is wrong to assume that I have some malicious intent to stir up disagreement for the sheer heck of it. My intention, admittedly selfish, was merely to “think out loud” about the Orthodox-Catholic problem, and to have knowledgeable folks from both traditions tell me where I’m on track, and where I’m off track. I am trying to be very strict about the comments on this blog. Perhaps I am naive to think that I can somehow harness one thousand years of bitter religious controversy and have everybody “play nice”. We shall see.
Oh, and I have changed the subtitle of the blog to: “An Eastern Orthodox Christian Looks at the Church of Rome.” This should be less provocative than the phrase “On the Road to Rome”. Perhaps I did convey the wrong impression that my mind was already 100% with Rome (though I never said that I was actually in any formal process of being received into full communion with Rome). At this point, I do feel a strong attraction to the Roman Communion, but honestly, I am still “just looking” and trying to sort through the major issues.
We shall see how the blog progresses. I consider it to be an experiment in progress. If it becomes a hindrance, rather than a help, to me and to the participants, I will not hesitate to pull the plug. Thanks to all who have contributed so far. I have already learned quite a bit.