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 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 or Oriental) counterpart. Others exist only within the Catholic Communion.

Contents

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 Communion. The counterpart is listed in parenthesis.

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 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

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