This English translation of a French original not easily accessible owing to its Lebanese place of publication is a welcome addition to Anglophone literature on the subject of the Melkite community, and the possible ecumenical implications of its ethos.
Though one can certainly sympathize with Melkite historians when they speak of an imprudent Latinizing diminution of the historic patrimony of their church, there simply is, it must be said, no such thing as a homogeneous doctrine of the papacy, its theory and practice, in the first Christian millennium against which the notions of universally primatial jurisdiction and infallible teaching authority, as promulgated at the First Vatican Council, can be judged and found wanting.
More specifically, in charting not only the rise to favour of an "ecclesiology of communion" in official Catholic church documents, but also the (highly disparate) discussion of ecclesial identity among Melkite theologians, bishops and canonists, Descy treats the recovery of an earlier heritage of thinking on such matters as the relation of the eucharist to the church, the theology of the local church and of the patriarchal office, as necessarily a distancing from that "Roman ecclesiology" whose high point was the dogmatic definition of Pastor aeternus.
Vincent de Paul Society offered its hail on Shuter Street and it became the religious centre for Syrians, mostly Melkites and some Maronites, engaged as confectioners, importers, peddlers, and rug repairmen.
The Melkites created Our Lady of Assumption parish and the Maronites worshipped at Our Lady of Mt.