However, just because the Western Rite is not exactly similar to the Eastern Catholic Churches
in every respect does not mean that the similarities that do exist are unimportant or are not a potential barrier that both the Western Rite Orthodox and Eastern Catholics present toward rapprochement between East and West.
Many of these churches were Eastern Catholic churches
, Ukrainian or Ruthenian, and they were connected with an external threat, namely, Rome.
Historically, Eastern Catholic Churches
were located in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and India.
Second, based on the "legitimate diversity" of the Eastern Catholic churches
, these teachings must be believed within their theological tradition.
It is also doubtful that uniform answers can be given for all Eastern Catholic churches
, especially when discussing their sometimes delicate relationships with Rome and with other churches.
Married men serve as priests in the Eastern Catholic churches
, though you won't find many in the United States.
The Holy Father assured his prayers for the Syrian Catholic Church and renewed his appreciation for "all the Eastern Catholic Churches
, encouraging them to continue their ecclesial mission despite the thousands of difficulties, to build unity and peace everywhere.
A number of very hostile clashes took place between Eastern Catholic Churches
and Orthodox Churches in the late 1980's and 1990's.
Decree on Eastern Catholic Churches
(Orientalium ecclesiarum): The Eastern Catholic, or "Uniate," churches can be a bridge to the Orthodox East.
The letter did not suggest that serving priests should be given permission to marry, and the legislators proposed that the celibacy rule be retained for bishops, as in the Eastern Catholic churches
, which allow priests to marry.
Vatican City -- A committee of experts on Eastern Catholic Churches
says that many Eastern-rite Catholic communities lack the means to guarantee their subsistence.
In the same vein, one might argue that actual acceptance of ultimate papal authority in the life of the Eastern churches has (at least potentially) a maturing influence that can counterbalance excesses of localism and misguided independence by calling Eastern Catholic churches
to responsibility in a larger forum.