But my church is called Byzantine Catholic, not Greek Catholic -- so why would I say Greek Catholic?
I'm getting a little upset here, so I think I am just going to sign off now because I am crying.
Don't cry! Greek-Catholic and Byzantine Catholic are two ways of saying the same thing! It's a complicated Eastern European lesson to explain. It involves invasion, occupation, war, emigration, assimilation and education!
It's an interesting tale. It is just that "Byzantine Catholic" is a newer fangled way of describing the Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church. In fact the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church still uses Greek Catholic in its official title.
And really the major difference between the Ruthenian (Rusyn) Byzantine Catholics (who used to go by Greek Catholics as well) and the Ukrainian Greek Catholics are the tones and small traditions in the liturgy.
An interesting read are the two books by Father Larry Barriger, an American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese priest, 'A Good Victory' and 'Glory to Jesus Christ.'
These two books will help you understand the shared history of Rusyns in the USA, whether Eastern Orthodox or Catholic under Rome.
In fact, the Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church USA was set up to be distinct from the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in what, 1915 for the differences in small tradition, singing (tones) etc.. Oh and the fact that some were from this side of the Carpathian mountains and some were from the other side.
When Rome enforced celibacy vis-a-vis the papal decree 'Cum Data Fuerit' on March 1, 1929 this sparked many Rusyn Americans (who consequentially called themselves Greek Catholics at the time) to form the American Carpatho-Russian Greek Catholic Orthodox Diocese (www.acrod.org
) an Eastern Orthodox diocese within the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
So it is easy to see that the term Greek Catholic has, was and is used to describe the Eastern Christians who have roots/are from the Carpathian Mountains in Eastern Europe.
Guess what the Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church is called in Slovakia?http://www.grkatpo.sk/
This is the link to the Greckokatolicke archibiskupstvo of Presov.
Greckokatolicke= Greek Catholic.http://www.grkatke.sk/
In English this is the Greek Catholic Eparchy of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Kosice Slovakia.
The people that founded the Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church USA (aka Byzantine Catholic Church in these latter days) were from.......... what is now Slovakia. So these two links to these eparchies in Slovakia are the mother-dioceses of many people who indeed attend the (Ruthenian) Byzantine Catholic Church USA.
And in Slovakia they still call themselves Greckokatolicke,,,,,,,, Greek Catholics!!
I know I know, you aren't in Slovakia and you aren't a pysanky creating card carrying Slav! But still, have no fear..
Whether we've been called Greek Catholics, Rusysn, Ukrainians, Ruthenians, Byzantine Catholics, All you Christians of the True Faith, Carpatho-Russians, Carpatho-Rusysn......
When it all boiled down to it our grandmothers, babas, great aunts and uncles never used any of these terms.
They simply said, "ah, he's a good man he's one of our people." or "pro nash" for pro nasemu... our people!