What are eastern catholic churches?

Eastern Catholic Churches

The Eastern Catholic Churches (historically known by the now non-complimentary term Uniate Churches, which is still in use in some areas, and also by the inaccurate term eastern-rite Churches) are autonomous, self-governing (in Latin, sui iuris) particular churches in full communion with the Bishop of Rome, the Pope. Together with the Latin Church, they compose the worldwide Catholic Church. They preserve many centuries-old eastern liturgical, devotional, and theological traditions, shared in most cases with the various other Eastern Christian churches with which they were once associated. A few have never been out of communion with the Pope, a claim made, for instance, by the Maronites. Although the Churches with which most were formerly associated may be of traditions out of communion with each other (Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodoxy, Church of the East), Eastern Catholic Churches of whatever tradition are all in communion with one another and with the Latin or Western Church. However, they vary in theological emphasis, forms of liturgical worship and popular piety, canonical discipline and terminology. They all recognize the central role of the Bishop of Rome within the College of Bishops and his infallibility when speaking ex cathedra. As a number of theological issues separate them from their counterparts who are of similar traditions, but who are out of communion with Rome, they do not admit members of such other churches to the Eucharist or the other sacraments except in the circumstances indicated in canon law. In the case of the Eastern Orthodox Churches, these issues result primarily, though not exclusively, from differences in the understanding of the role and the extent of the authority of the Bishop of Rome.

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Eastern Catholic Churches - Clerical Celibacy
... Eastern and Western Christian churches have different traditions concerning clerical celibacy and the resulting controversies have played a role in the relationship between the two ... Most Eastern Churches distinguish between "monastic" and "non-monastic" clergy ... Bishops are normally selected from the monastic clergy, and in most Eastern Catholic Churches a large percentage of priests and deacons also are celibate ...
Purgatory - In Christianity - Eastern Christian Churches - Eastern Catholic
... The Eastern Catholic churches are Catholic churches sui iuris of Eastern tradition, in full communion with the Pope ... some differences between the Latin Church and some of the Eastern Catholic Churches on aspects of purgatory ... The Eastern Catholic Churches of Greek tradition do not generally use the word "purgatory", but agree that there is a "final purification" for souls destined for heaven, and that prayers can ...
Christian Denominational Families - Catholicism - Catholic Church - Eastern Catholic Churches
... All of the following are Particular Churches of the Catholic Church ... The Eastern Catholic churches and the Latin church (which together compose the worldwide Catholic Church) share the same doctrine and sacraments, and thus the same faith ... Armenian Catholic Church Belarusian Greek Catholic Church Coptic Catholic Church Byzantine Church of Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro Ethiopian Catholic Church ...
Christianity In Syria - Origins - Eastern Catholic Churches
... Of the Eastern-rite Catholic churches (known as "Uniate" because they united to Rome, although they themselves reject this denomination as pejorative) the oldest is the Maronite, with ties to ... Today the term "Melkite" is in use only among the Greek Catholics ... Like the Greek Orthodox Church, the Melkite Greek Catholic Church uses Greek and Arabic ...
List Of Roman Catholic Dioceses (structured View) - Eastern Catholic Churches
... Armenian dioceses List of Chaldean dioceses Coptic Catholic dioceses Ethiopic Catholic dioceses Melkite Greek Catholic dioceses Maronite dioceses Ruthenian Syro-Malabar Catholic dioceses List of Slovak ...

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