I’m new to this forum.
I was raised R.C. by R.C. parents. I married an R.C . in the R.C. Church. When I was 24 I converted to the Eastern Orthodox Church, my wife did not. I was tonsured a reader. Two of my children were baptized in the E. Orthodox Church.
After about 15 years, I came back to the R.C. Church, mostly because of an attempt at uniting my family. I stayed in the R.C. only a couple of years, but felt very uncomfortable. The Latin Rite was no longer my home or my tradition. I had an eastern mind-set. I wasn’t growing spiritually. I needed to return to the East. I did, for a while. I acutely felt the seperation from the Holy Father, I felt the need to be united to the Catholic Church still. I decided to try again, and was received back by confession and Holy Communion.
The fact remains, I’m an Eastern-riter at heart, in theology, practice, traditions, etc. I do not and cannot consider myself to be a Latin-riter. It’s just not me.
I realize the Byzantine Greek Catholic Church (Orthodox in union with Rome) is my home. It’s where I should have been the whole time. My wife is still Latin rite, and doesn’t want to join the Byzantine Catholic Church.
Finally my questions:
Am I still considered to belong to the Roman Rite, because it was the original rite I belonged to? Or would I be considered now Byzantine Catholic, because of reverting from the Eastern Orthodox Church?
I was tonsured a reader in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and that still remains valid, I believe, would that have any effect on the position of which rite I belong to now officially?
Obviously, I want to officially belong to the Byzantine Catholic Church, it is my home. It is what I consider myself. But what would the Church consider me? Would a transfer of rite be necessary it this situation?
If asked what I am, I don’t want to have to explain “well, on paper RC, but in practice BC”.
I think ya’ll get I’m trying to say - I hope!
I look forward to your advice!