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« on: April 08, 2011, 01:16:21 PM »

This might be relevant for Orthodox-Catholic dialogue. I don't think Eastern Rite Churches in America are under such restrictions, right?:

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VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican and many of the Latin-rite bishops of India are not treating the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church with justice, and that makes the church look bad, Auxiliary Bishop Bosco Puthur of Ernakulam-Angamaly told Pope Benedict XVI.

While other Christians and other religions enjoy the freedom to build churches and conduct services anywhere in India, the Eastern Catholic churches "are denied it, paradoxically not by the state, but by our own ecclesiastical authorities," the bishop said.

Bishop Puthur, administrator of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, made his remarks to Pope Benedict April 7 at the end of the Syro-Malabar bishops' "ad limina" visits to the Vatican to report on the status of their dioceses.

Generally, the leaders of the Eastern Catholic churches such as the Syro-Malabar church enjoy full freedom to elect bishops and erect dioceses only in their church's traditional territory; otherwise, the responsibility is left to the pope, often in consultation with the Latin-rite bishops of the region concerned.

In the case of the Syro-Malabar church, Bishop Puthur told Pope Benedict that its traditional territory was all of India until Latin-rite missionaries arrived in the 15th century. Now any of its faithful living outside Kerala state are subject to the authority of the local Latin-rite bishop.
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2011, 02:47:50 PM »

Not really.  The Russian Greek Catholics are subject to a Roman Catholic bishop in the USA, but there are two congregations in the entire country.  Many of the Byzantine Ruthenian Catholics are staffed by Latin Rite priests, not a bad thing but some don't get the pyrohy and ethnic traditions.. the ones I know are great Greek Catholic priests even if their background was Latin-Rite. 
As we may know the common story is that St. Alexis Toth was a Greek Catholic priest in the USA.  He was subject to the local Roman Catholic bishop that didn't accept certain provisions... then you had a large number of adherents go to the Orthodox Church then.. then later due to more provisions the Greek CAtholics left and founded www.acrod.org The American Carpatho Russian Orthodox Diocese. 
So it's been a battle here with the Greek Catholics being able to carry out what was written in their original "unions" with Rome forever, it still goes on about whether to have married priests or not etc...
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