Eastern Catholic Churches

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The '''Eastern Rite Catholic''' Churches are churches that follow the ancient liturgical traditions of the East, while being in [[full communion]] with the [[Roman Catholic Church]] and placing themselves under the ultimate authority of the [[Pope|Bishop of Rome]].  Some of these churches, like the [[Orthodox Church]], follow the Byzantine tradition, while others follow other liturgical traditions.  The history of each Eastern Rite Catholic church is unique, some having sided with Rome at the time of the [[Great Schism]] and some being joined to Rome after that time.  They are sometimes referred to as '''Uniates''', a term which many Eastern Catholics reject as derrogatory.
 
  
Many of these churches have a direct non-Catholic (usually [[Orthodox Church|Orthodox]] or [[Oriental Orthodox|Oriental]]) counterpart.  Others exist only within the Catholic Communion.
 
 
==List of Eastern Rite Catholic Churches==
 
 
===Byzantine Rite (also '''Greek Catholic''') Catholic Churches===
 
 
*Albanian Catholic Church (Latin rite hierarchy)
 
*Greek Catholic Church
 
*Belarusan Catholic Church (Latin rite hierarchy)
 
*Bulgarian Catholic Church
 
*Byzantine-Ruthenian Catholic Church
 
*Byzantine Catholics of Former Yugoslavia
 
*Georgian Catholic Church (Latin rite hierarchy)
 
*Hungarian Catholic Church
 
*Italo-Albanian Catholic Church
 
*Melkite Greek Catholic Church
 
*Romanian Catholic Church
 
*Russian Catholic Church (Latin rite hierarchy)
 
*Slovak Catholic Church
 
*Ukrainian Catholic Church
 
 
===Non-Byzantine Eastern Rite Catholic Churches===
 
 
*Armenian Catholic Church
 
*Chaldean Catholic Church
 
*Coptic Catholic Church
 
*Ethiopian Catholic Church
 
*Maronite Catholic Church
 
*Syrian Catholic Church
 
*Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
 
*Syro-Malankara Catholic Church
 
 
==History==
 
===Second Council of Lyons (1274)===
 
===Council of Ferrara-Florence (1439)===
 
===Orientalium Ecclesiarum (Vatican II)===
 
 
==Eastern Catholic Theology==
 
 
 
==Relationships with the Orthodox Churches==
 
 
==Eastern Catholic Churches with Counterparts in Non-Catholic Churches==
 
 
The following Eastern Rite Catholic Churches have "counterparts" in the [[Orthodox Church|Orthodox]] Communion.  The counterpart is listed in parenthesis.
 
 
*Albanian Catholic Church ([[Church of Albania]])
 
*Bulgarian Catholic Church ([[Church of Bulgaria]])
 
*Greek Catholic Church ([[Church of Constantinople]]/[[Church of Greece]])
 
*Georgian Catholic Church ([[Church of Georgia]])
 
*Melkite Catholic Church ([[Church of Antioch]])
 
*Romanian Catholic  Church ([[Church of Romania]])
 
*Russian Catholic Church ([[Church of Russia]])
 
*Ukrainian Catholic Church ([[Church of Ukraine]])
 
 
The following Eastern Rite Catholic Church have "counterparts" in the [[Oriental Orthodox]] Churches.  The counterpart is listed in parenthesis.
 
 
*Armenian Catholic Church ([[Church of Armenia]])
 
*Chaldean Catholic Church
 
*Coptic Catholic Church ([[Coptic|Coptic Church]])
 
*Ethiopian Catholic Church
 
*Maronite Catholic Church
 
*Syrian Catholic Church (Church of Syria)
 
*Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
 
*Syro-Malankara Catholic Church
 
 
The following Eastern Catholic Churches have no counterpart either among the Chalcedonian Orthodox or the Oriental Orthodox.
 
 
*Maronite Catholic Church
 
*Italo-Albanian Catholic Church
 
 
==For More Information==
 
 
* <i>Against False Union</i> by Alexandre A. Kalomiros (ISBN 0913026700)
 
* <I>The Byzantine Rite: A Short History</I> by Robert Taft (ISBN 0814621635)
 
* <I>Eastern Catholics in the United States of America</I> by the [http://www.usccb.org/ U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops] (ISBN 1574552872)
 
* <i>The Eastern Catholic Churches: An Introduction to Their Worship and Spirituality</i> by  Joan L. Roccasalvo (ISBN 0814620477)
 
* <i>The Other Catholics: Obedient and Faithful</I> by Joseph Bonchonsky (ASIN B0006OZUJQ)
 
 
 
==External Links==
 
 
*[http://www.cnewa.org/ecc-bodypg.aspx?eccpageID=3&indexview=toc Introduction to Eastern Christian Churches, Catholic Near East Welfare Agency]
 
*[http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decree_19641121_orientalium-ecclesiarum_en.html Orientalium Ecclesiarum] by Pope Paul VI
 
*[http://stmichaelruscath.org/ St. Michael's Russian Catholic Church], New York, NY
 
*[http://www.crosslink.net/~hrycak/ch_indx-s.html An Unofficial Directory of Eastern Catholic Churches in the U.S.]
 
*[http://www.byzcath.org/ The Byzantine (Ruthenian) Catholic Church in America]
 
*[http://www.ugcc.org.ua/eng/ The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church]
 
*[http://www.maronite.org.au/ Maronite Catholic Church of Australia]
 
*[http://www.melkite.org.au/ Melkite Catholic Church of Australia]
 
*[http://malankara.int.tf/ Syro-Malankara Catholic Church]
 
 
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