is necessary to be careful not to identify the Orthodox Church, the Mother-Church,
with the Eastern Churches. The one is universal, the others are limited
geographically, culturally, ritually: they are local". And
Monseigneur John adds: The West must never forget to discern within
the Orthodox Church that which is universal from that which is local. If
one desires that ones joining be organic, stripped of that which is exotic
and artificial, it is necessary that one ‘make oneself Orthodox' and not
to the point of ‘making oneself Eastern."