1. "...over a year ago when I was still nominally a Roman Catholic." A new convert to anything shouldn't preach. The Orthodox agree! 2. You bring up some good points: Calvinism eventually shatters into unbelief; the Novus Ordo never should have been written. 3. You're Catholic: now you're trying to buy into a system that really believes only Byzantium is the church but your experience and your heart tell you otherwise. Basically, 20 years ago I was you (except I wasn't born Catholic). You obviously still care about traditional Western Catholicism. Good. 4. Latinization wasn't our original plan. Nine times out of 10, Eastern Catholics latinized themselves. Both the unlatinized and the latinized versions have the right to exist. 5. Although writing new services is un-Catholic, the Novus Ordo isn't heretical. Benedict XVI fixed its mistakes in English. It has grace even though the old Mass is better. (I go to the old Mass almost exclusively.) 6. We should learn a lot from the Christian East: the church should be a grassroots communion run by custom. That and the Pope aren't mutually exclusive, as Benedict XVI reminded. 7. Eastern Christian cultures are great, but to become Orthodox is to confuse culture with the essence of the church. Catholicism is one set of doctrine not tied down to any one culture. 8. We include the East. The East doesn't really include us. An Orthodox can either mirror our recognition of his church or believe we are bogus, even our baptisms. Orthodoxy has its tiny Western Rite experiment but the Orthodox obviously don't really want it. 9. I owe something to the East: my first traditional Catholic Mass 30 years ago was Ukrainian. 10. Eastern Catholicism is endangered in America due to assimilation (the main reason the Orthodox lose Americans too); unlatinized and latinized, it needs and deserves our support.