Although I hate memetics, I think about this memetically. An institution can have debates, but it's almost always going to come
to conclusions that support its existence and continued mission. (Even if a majority decide that the group should disband, those folks will just
leave, and if the minority is big enough it will become the group and continue the mission.)
For the Elenicoi, we have a group already committed to evangelization and mission (they were on their way to India); they're cut off from home;
they meet a bunch of new people who not only need the gospel but political rescue; plus (as they see it) there are supernatural signs pointing to
intervention. Naturally there were debates, but it seems a no-brainer that they'd choose to pursue evangelization. They would work out whatever
theology they needed to justify their decision.
I like Pthug's idea that the whole thing could become a big controversy centuries later, perhaps galvanized by a better understanding of the
species concept. On the other hand, by then it'll be a controversy among Almeans, and the three legs of Eleďát (the books of Eleď, Iesu, and
Mihel) are 2/3 Almean. From their point of view, there's millennia of experience of God working on Almea; the episode involving Oikumene was
important but only part of the story. And again, there's zero influence from Rome which might condemn any local variations as heresy.
I think you are using "memetically" here as a euphemism for "agnostically" or "atheistically". A Christian interpretation does not ignore the fact
that institutions seek to propagate themselves -- it just says that (especially where the Church is concerned) this is *because* God is in Heaven
pulling strings of grace; some people get hold of them and prosper while some flee from them and are damned. The Church continues because God wills
it and declares its destruction to be impossible, even though at times the whole of the visible Church may be able to fit in a very small room
In an atheistic universe, it also does not matter that the Church on Almea has no contact with the Church on Earth -- all it means is that sure,
they will diverge from each other but that is a fact of no special interest. In a world which *used* to be theistic, but from which God has
disappeared, then this sort of thing would matter in the mythical past but not be relevant in the present -- here one can point to grace as working
during this time period, but since then it has been absent. Thus, the humans who were important were the Greeks. The humans who would seem to be
*more* important, such as Lord Jesus, King of the Universe or the Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven *aren't*. A properly Christian worldview is one
where these sanctified humans are at work throughout history, do their work by being in communication with individuals and that by listening to
them one can avoid heresy. This is, of course, nonsense to atheists.
If you give this attitude up and approach it like a Christian, then the fact that the Eretaldian Christians are beyond the reach of Rome becomes of
less importance than the fact that they are *not* beyond the reach of Christ. This is how the uesti remain in contact with humanity. What Christ
the human thinks is of more importance than what the human Elenicoi thought -- Christ is supposed to be the paradigm to which Christians are
supposed to compare themselves, the figure of whom the priest is the vicar. If one is to have such an intimate relationship with Christ, then
either his [literal] alienness is something to be a) wrestled with or b) repressed. How often is he portrayed as *looking* human, for instance?
Don't uesti lack foreskins? What is to be made of *that*?