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« on: January 08, 2003, 05:51:39 PM »

From the Eastern Catholic Q&A section of EWTN on line -

"Orthodox in Communion with Rome"
Question from John R. on 12-02-2002:       
Anthony, Why should the Eastern Catholic Churches be called "Orthodox in Communion with Rome," when these churches have renounced their canonical traditions, autocephaly, synodality, etc., and have embraced the Roman Catholic belief that in the papal monarchy, which is altogether un-Orthodox. The truth simply is that Eastern Catholics are Roman Catholics who use a different liturgical and spiritual tradition. Although the pope would more than likely not suppress the Eastern rites, he has the authority to require Eastern Catholics to adopt the Latin rite, just as he had the authority to abolish the classical Roman rite. The Eastern Catholic Churches are canonically subject to Rome, not merely in communion with it. Eastern Catholics use the Orthodox liturgies, but they are not Orthodox. ,John

Answer by Anthony Dragani on 12-31-2002:    

Excuse me if I am mistaken, but I was under the assumption that you are Eastern Catholic? You sound somewhat disillusioned from your experience in Eastern Catholicism. Am I correct?

I have never been a fan of the term "Orthodox in communion with Rome." Why? Primarily because it is offensive to Orthodox Christians. It carries the implication that we are trying to replace them in the Catholic Church, or at least many Orthodox take it that way. Personally, I believe it is much more appropriate to speak of the Eastern Catholic Churches as "Eastern Churches in communion with Rome."

God Bless, Anthony


Bravo!  Excellent answer.  My hat goes off the Anthony Dragani.  Keep up the good work.

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