About Eastern Catholics, their Orthodox counterparts and those who have remained in UNION with the Holy Father

Thursday, July 28, 2011

We all know Sui Iuris Eastern Catholic Churches has its trace on their sister Churches in the Orthodoxy of whom they decide to break to be once more united with the Holy Mother Church. But it is known that there is still a strife between the Eastern Catholic Churches alongside with their Sister counterparts. Below is the Sui Iuris Eastern Catholic Churches and their Sister Churches from other Eastern Christian Churches

  • Albanian Byzantine Catholic Church (Albanian Orthodox Church)
  • Bulgarian Byzantine Catholic Church (Bulgarian Orthodox Church)
  • Greek  Catholic Church (Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople/Orthodox Church of Greece)
  • Melkite Catholic Church (Antiochian Orthodox Church)
  • Croatian Byzantine Catholic Church (Serbian Orthodox Church)
  • Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church (Americo-Carpatho Orthodox Church)
  • Slovak Greek Catholic Church (Czech and Slovak Orthodox Church)
  • Macedonian Byzantine Catholic Church (Macedonian Orthodox Church)
  • Romanian Greek Catholic Church (Romanian Orthodox)
  • Russian Byzantine Catholic Church (Russian Orthodox Church)
  • Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate or Moscow Patriachate)
  • Armenian Catholic Church (Armenian Apostolic Church)
  • Chaldean Catholic Church (Assyrian Church of the East)
  • Coptic Catholic Church (Coptic Church)
  • Ethiopian Catholic Church (Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church)
  • Syrian Catholic Church (Syriac Orthodox Church)
  • Syro-Malankara Catholic Church (Malankara Jacobite Orthodox Church)

With the Exemption of the Maronite Catholics, Syro Malabar Catholics, The Italo Albanese Byzantine Catholics of Italy and the Hungarian Byzantine Catholics, because the original Ancestors are Hungarian Protestants, not Orthodox, and some Orthodox Christians who have choose Byzantine Rite under the then Greek Catholic Eparchy of Presov, now Slovak Greek Catholic Metropolia, most of the Sui Iuris Churches has Counterparts from other Churches.

And you will that their Sister Churches from other Eastern Christian Denominations of accusation that their supposed "Union" is a abnormal one, being brought in times of conflict and as a short of protection only from the Pope in Rome, to avoid the supremacy of Orthodox Churches which they belong once. Honestly it is also been notice that some Eastern Catholic Churches adopted some practices from the Latin Church, which has become to be known as Latinization, though i will not emphasized to make more explanation such cause some Sui Iuris Churches are bringing their Identity back as they were to be truly Eastern in Nature. The main problem that arose is the Misunderstanding of the Dominant Latin Church regarding their Eastern Counterpart, besides its conflicts with the Orthodox sisters Churches. For centuries since the reunification of some Churches, they have suffered a lot because of confusion and the malignment of their Custom,. Discipline and Liturgy amongst the Latin, but since Informations is disseminated very well, most of us came to accept them not as confusing or divisive, but a decisive factor of making Christian Unity,  them as bridges to the other Eastern Christian Brethren.

Speaking of those who have remained in UNIA, of which they claimed not separating at all with the Supreme Pontiff, it is already questioned the claimed of the Maronites Catholic and the Syro Malabar Catholic because of some Circumstances that make their claims being put into debate by Church Historians. But it is a fact that the most genuine of these claims is the Italo Greek Catholic Church, which has never separated even at the time of the Great Schism of 1054. Though i have say anything here, it does not mean that i have say already everything i have known, but i have just write here everything i learned not just on reading but on talking on Eastern Catholics, how do i understand and appreciate their Ancient Heritage of Liturgical Tradition, Devotion and Theological patrimony. There will be more Articles regarding Eastern Catholicism soon.



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