[quote=matthias]I’m sorry. I may not have been clear. I know it has happened in the past and so I know that it is “technically” possible, but it just seems strange to me that the highest ranking person in the Latin Rite would be from another rite.
Granted the Pope is traditionally Latin rite and in that circumstance he is “above” the other rites, but in that case it is only in exercise of his papacy that he is the leader of all Rites universally united to him.
Basically I’m just saying it would be weird to have for an instance a Byzantine Catholic be the top within the Latin rite and also a Byzantine Catholic be the Bishop of Rome a Latin Rite territory…
I’m wondering how this would all work out?
Just to clarify, the Latin Rite is not in any way superior to the other Rites and Ritual Churches. They are all equal in majesty to each other.
If Cardinal Husar were to be elected Pope for example, he would follow the Latin Rite in all official Church Liturgical celebrations.
From a direct standpoint, the Holy Father acts as Patriarch of the West for Latin Rite Liturgical changes and modifications. He tends to take a more hands off approach to the Eastern Catholic Churches, letting their Synods handle the day to day operations of the Churches, and giving a kind of royal assent to their suggestions. However, he can always reject their suggestions.
For doctrinal and dogmatic pronouncements, he acts as Supreme Pontiff. He always possesses full and immediate power over the entire church, which according to Vatican I and II, “he can exercise unhindered.” (Lumen Gentium Introductory Explanatory Note)
Any Pope possesses full and immediate Ritual faculties and can celebrate whatever legitimately approved Rite and Recension he wants privately.
A Latin Catholic who loves the Eastern Catholic Churches.