(Original post by Snufkin)
The Catholic Church needs to become more open and accepting of women and gay people. That won't happen if the Catholic and Orthodox churches merge. I would also point out that there are many Orthodox churches, two of which pre-date the schism that created the Catholic Church. Which one are you referring to?
There is only one orthodox church, there are greek, russian, bulgarian etc churches but these are all orthodox churches with the same theology and are in communion with each other. This is the same for catholicism, which has 24 churches (1 western and 23 eastern) that accept the pope as the head and are in communion with each other.
There is another church, the coptic orthodox church, that is seperate officially to the orthodox church, but unofficially is a member (this is due to there only being a very slight theological difference between the two, which is just a manner of literal semantics regarding christology), both recognise the sacrements of the other as legitimate, meaning one can partake in the other without issue.
The orthodox I refer to is is the Eastern orthodox church, to be very specific.
Secondly is the point you raised regarding gay people and women which the church "needs" to adress, presonally i would rather see a united church adress thr issue than one divided and further wedge the two apart. I myseld would like to know why a reunified faith will somehow prevent the inclusion of gays an women.