19 Facts About Eastern Catholic


The majority of the Eastern Catholic Churches are groups that, at different points in the past, used to belong to the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox churches, or the historic Church of the East; these churches had various schisms with the Catholic Church.

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The Eastern Catholic churches are instead distinct particular churches sui iuris, although they maintain full and equal, mutual sacramental exchange with members of the Latin Church.

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However, the Church's contemporary legislation as contained in the Code of Canon Law and the Code of Canons of the Eastern Catholic Churches makes it clear that we ought to speak, not of rites, but of Churches.

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Eastern Catholic Churches have their origins in the Middle East, North Africa, East Africa, Eastern Europe and South India.

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The dicastery that works with the Eastern Catholic churches is the Dicastery for the Eastern Churches which, by law, includes as members all Eastern Catholic patriarchs and major archbishops.

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Eastern Catholic says that the Catholic Church does not possess one rite only, but that she embraces all the ancient rites of Christendom; her unity consists not in a mechanical uniformity of all her parts, but on the contrary, in their variety, according in one principle and vivified by it.

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Liturgical laws valid for all the Eastern Catholic Churches are important because they provide the general orientation.

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Today, particularly after the solemn declarations of the Apostolic Letter Orientalium dignitas by Leo XIII, after the creation of the still active special Commission for the liturgy within the Congregation for the Eastern Catholic Churches in 1931, and above all after the Second Vatican Council and the Apostolic Letter Orientale Lumen by John Paul II, respect for the Eastern Catholic liturgies is an indisputable attitude and the Apostolic See can offer a more complete service to the Churches.

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The Eastern Catholic churches are governed in accordance with Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.

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The Macedonian Greek Eastern Catholic Church is organized as a single Eparchy of Strumica-Skopje, whose present ordinary is the Roman Eastern Catholic bishop of Skopje.

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The organization of the Albanian Greek Eastern Catholic Church is unique in that it consists of an "Apostolic Administration".

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Canonically, each Eastern Catholic Church is or autonomous with respect to other Catholic churches, whether Latin or Eastern, though all accept the spiritual and juridical supreme authority of the pope.

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Eastern Catholic churches are in full communion with the whole Catholic Church.

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In general, Eastern Catholic Churches have always allowed ordination of married men as priests and deacons.

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Eastern Catholic churches make up a small percentage of the membership in the Catholic Church when compared to the Latin Church, which has over 1.

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The 2017 statistics collected by the Catholic Near East Welfare Association show that the four largest Eastern Catholic Churches are the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church with 4.

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Ruthenian Greek Eastern Catholic Church is organized in an exceptional way because of a constituent metropolia: the Ruthenian Eastern Catholic Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, United States.

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At that time, conditions in the Rusyn homeland, known as Carpatho-Rus, were such that the Greek Eastern Catholic Church had been forcibly suppressed by the Soviet authorities.

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Zugger calls Batmalashvili a bishop; Stadnik is ambiguous, calling him an exarch but giving him the title of Father; Ovsiyenko merely refers to him as "the Eastern Catholic administrator" without specifying whether he was a bishop or a priest and whether he was in charge of a Latin or a Byzantine jurisdiction.

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