Eastern Catholic Theological Patrimony explained

Monday, August 1, 2011



Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Nicholas Zachariadis, Abbot of the Romanian Greek Catholic Monastery of Holy Resurrection in California giving a some point of views regarding Eastern Catholic Theology. Here are the excerpt of question which was asked to him by.

1. The Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches say in Canon 28 that "a rite encompasses the liturgical, theological, spiritual, and disciplinary patrimony, culture, and circumstances of history of a distinct people by which its own manner of living the faith is manifested in each Church sui iuris." What does each rite having a different theological patrimony mean in this context?

2. Is there a multiplicity of theologies then accepted among the different Catholic Churches?

3. How can two churches in communion with each other have different theologies?

4. Do Eastern and Oriental Catholics have to affirm dogmas proclaimed by Rome?

5. Do Eastern and Oriental Catholics have to accept all Roman Catholic teachings and theology?

6. May Eastern and Oriental Catholics reject dogmas proclaimed by Rome as being outside their theological patrimony?

7. May they reject doctrine and dogmas proclaimed by Rome as incorrect or heretical, like papal supremacy?

8. What about doctrines or dogmas proclaimed after the treaties of union, like the immaculate conception?

9. May Roman Catholics reject Eastern or Oriental Catholic theology as outside their theological patrimony, incorrect or heretical?

10. What is the bottom line on what it means to the everyday Catholic that each of the rites includes its own theological patrimony?

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