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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Can someone explain a Greek Catholic church?

I am Catholic and go to a Catholic church. My finance' is Greek and belongs to a Greek Orthodox church. We have a local church that is Greek Catholic and most members our from a Slovak decent but they say they expect anyone who believes in the Christian faith. Can someone please explain in more detail about a Greek Catholic church?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    + Catholic Churches +

    Actually there are over 20 different Catholic Churches that make up the worldwide Catholic Church. 8 of them are "Greek", see arrows below.

    In addition to the Latin Rite (Roman) Catholic Church, the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches are in full communion with the Pope, and are part of the same worldwide Catholic Church.

    Eastern Rite Catholic Churches include:

    Alexandrian liturgical tradition

    • Coptic Catholic Church

    • Ethiopic Catholic Church

    Antiochian (Antiochene or West-Syrian) liturgical tradition

    • Maronite Church

    • Syrian Catholic Church

    • Syro-Malankara Catholic Church

    Armenian liturgical tradition:

    • Armenian Catholic Church

    Chaldean or East Syrian liturgical tradition:

    • Chaldean Catholic Church

    • Syro-Malabar Church

    Byzantine (Constantinopolitan) liturgical tradition:

    • Albanian Byzantine Catholic Church

    • Belarusian Greek Catholic Church <<<=================<<<

    • Bulgarian Greek Catholic Church <<<=================<<<

    • Byzantine Church of the Eparchy of Križevci

    • Greek Byzantine Catholic Church <<<=================<<<

    • Hungarian Greek Catholic Church <<<=================<<<

    • Italo-Albanian Catholic Church

    • Macedonian Greek Catholic Church <<<=================<<<

    • Melkite Greek Catholic Church <<<=================<<<

    • Romanian Church

    • Russian Byzantine Catholic Church

    • Ruthenian Catholic Church

    • Slovak Greek Catholic Church <<<=================<<<

    • Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church <<<=================<<<

    With love in Christ.

  • 1 decade ago

    Well ... imagine you had a protestant friend and she invited you to go to her church. You walk in, and it looks exactly like your church. The priest dresses the same, the decoration is the same, the music is the same, and so on. Maybe things are even done a little more nicely that at your parish.

    So you say to your friend, "Wait, are you Catholic? I mean, do you believe in transubstantiation and the Pope and all that?" And she says, "Oh no. But we really like the way the Catholic stuff looks and sounds."

    That, in essence, is what a Greek Catholic Church is.

    (I am leaving out historical details, because they're tangential to your situation. Suffice it to say that the "Greek" signifies that the "rite" performed is one often performed by Greeks — not that you'll find any Greeks there or in the history of the parish.)

    What's important to the Orthodox is Orthodoxy — that is, that Orthodox people are joined to the Orthodox Church and that they have unity in faith and practice. That means no infallible Pope, no Thomism, no absolute ban on contraception, married priests as a rule (not an exception), no Purgatory, and so on.

    If a parish doesn't share all of that, in reality *and* officially, then it's not Orthodox — no matter *what* it's dressed in.

    Finally, to complete another poster's point: your husband may not participate in the eucharistic service at a non-Orthodox parish, nor will an Orthodox parish admit you to Communion. That's not because we don't like Catholics or protestants. The reason is that we feel that unity in faith ought to come before unity in the Eucharist. If we communed together, that'd just be papering over our disagreements instead of confronting them and asking the hard questions.

    Source(s): Lifelong Orthodox, and student of Theology. * Pope Paul VI's "Orientalium Ecclesiarum," making clear that "Eastern Rite" Catholic churches have a faith identical to that of Roman Catholicism - * "Receiving Communion," an Orthodox Church in America article on Holy Communion and Catholics - * "Anti-Catholic," Orthodox Church in America article on whether Orthodox are Anti-Catholic -
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    As you may know, Catholic is just Greek and Latin for universal. When we say Catholic, we usually mean the Catholic Church based in Rome, when we say Orthodox we usually mean the Russian and Greek churches. However, this isn't always so. The Anglican church calls themselves catholic (universial) but they have no connection to the Pope.

    So your Greek Catholic Church may be a Greek rite of the Catholic Church based in Rome. It may be a Roman Catholic Church made up of people of Greek/Eastern European decent. It may be a Greek Orthodox church that call itself catholic (universial). Or it may be a protestant faith that calls themselves catholic (unversial) To figure it our, you need to investigate further. Do thay believe in transubstantiation, do they give confession. You may want to just ask a the priest/reverend/pastor.

    However, just so you know. The Catholic Church believes that a Catholic can go to a Greek Orthodox mass and take communion and someone of the Greek Orthodox faith can take the Catholic communion. I don't think that the Greek Orthodox faith shares this thought though. But, that may change soon, their are big talks in the Vatican about spiritualy reuniting the Greek Orthodox and Catholic faiths.

  • 1 decade ago

    Most so-called Greek Catholics actually use the Byzantine rite of the Liturgy. To my knowledge, the U.S. does not have any ethnically Greek Catholic churches. That being said, the Byzantine Liturgy (with its Patriarch being in Constantinople, not Athens) does use Greek and so those churches are (loosely) known as Greek. They are also called Greek simply because they are of the eastern part of the former Roman empire -- not the Western which is known (broadbased-ly) as Roman. Greek Catholics are in communion with Rome and the Holy Father; none of the Orthodox churches are. They have their own patriarch. They, too, are under the jurisdiction of the Patriarch of Constantinople rather than that of Athens. The Greek Orthodox Patriarch and the Greek Catholic Patriach are NOT the same person.

    Greek Orthodox Patriarch = Bartholomew I

    Greek Catholic Patriarch = Bishop Dimitrios Salachas

  • 1 decade ago

    There are 23 Rites of the Catholic Church and here is a link that explains in detail your question:

    In Christ

    Fr. Joseph

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