So in trying to understand the many splits in the Church of Antioch throughout history, I do not quite understand the history of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church.
So, the way I understand it, in the 18th century the patriarch of Antioch established communion with the Roman Catholic Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church responded by deposing of the patriarch and establishing a new patriarchate in Antioch.
But here's the real question: where did the majority of the Antiochian community go? Did most enter into communion with Rome, did most stay Orthodox, or was it about an even split? Not factoring in all the Oriental Orthodox or the Assyrian Church of the East into all of this, I am just curious if the majority of the Arab Christians in Antioch wanted to be in communion with Rome, or just a small segment of the people.
This is really me trying to understand what has happened to the majority groups of the ancient patriarchates. Eastern Orthodoxy's broad claims to still represent all of the traditional patriarchates seems a bit far-fetched, so I'm trying to get the story straight. Alexandria is by majority Oriental Orthodox. Rome is by majority Roman Catholic. Constantinople is by majority Eastern Orthodox. Jerusalem apparently really has no majority group, but maybe I am wrong on this and someone can clarify. But what about Antioch? Is it just a big mess of splinted groups, or has the majority of Antioch's Christian population favored any particular communion?