This raises a series of troubling questions. Are Chaldean priests married? What are they to do if their flock has fled? Should they stay to be martyred? Is there an Orhodox counterpart these congregations could turn to? If there are 250,000 here in the USA that would make them probably the largest Eastern Catholic group here. Keep them in our prayers, life has been difficult for certain. Lord have mercy.
Good point Pod! Sako, like John Ireland, could end up becoming a father of Orthodoxy in the USA if he doesn't backtrack.
The Chaldean Catholic Church uses the East Syrian Rite, also known as the Thomasine Rite which is most commonly associated with the Church of the East. As far as I know, there aren't currently
any Orthodox (EO or OO) churches that use it, but there is no reason why it couldn't be used in an Orthodox setting, and I for one hope it gets revived in Orthodoxy alongside the Western Rites. The Antiochians have already set up a Western Rite Vicariate (AWRV). Maybe they could set up an Antiochian Far Eastern Rite Vicariate (AFERV?) for any Chaldeans who want to come over?
Who at the Archdiocese would one need to contact to suggest such an option, I wonder? I do think this is a big opportunity and the Orthodox really ought to reach out to the Chaldeans who are affected by this order.
If not Antioch, maybe the EP or OCA would be open to such an option? The Russian Orthodox Church received a few "Nestorians" in the 19th century while allowing them to keep their existing liturgy, so there seems to be precedent for allowing the East Syrian Rite, at least within the Russian tradition of which OCA is a part.
If Chaldean Catholicism in metro Detroit is anything to go off of the rite used by the Chaldean Catholic Church has been reformed since Vatican II. The parishes in Michigan feel more like modern Roman Catholic churches than Assyrian ones...