Despite the existence of the "Western Rite," I do not believe the same can be said about the Eastern Orthodox.Right you are. I try to always be honest; I personally am trying to make the Orthodox a bonafide offer to have them come back. (The Byzantine Rite beats the Novus Ordo hands down.) 98% of Catholics are Roman Rite, and SOMETIMES the Eastern rites haven't been treated fairly. (But actually most latinizations aren't maltreatment; they're the Eastern Catholics' choice, against Rome's wishes.) That said, the Ukrainian, Melkite, and Malankarese Catholic churches, to give three good-sized examples, are clearly real: organic, generational Eastern communities. Frankly, the Orthodox think Byzantium IS the church (we DON'T think the Roman Rite IS the church); they obviously don't want the Western Rite so it's artificial, stunted, and doomed. No centuries-old community.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Which church is both Eastern and Western, really?
On those "What church should you belong to?" online quizzes my answers always include the Christian East so they tell me I should be Orthodox, because the writers of the quizzes don't know that Catholicism is Eastern as well as Western.