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(I) On Prejudice Against Roman Catholics. Roman Catholics today have no concern for or interest in “latinizing” Eastern Catholics’ spiritual heritage (liturgy, theology, discipline and so forth). I have never heard a Roman Catholic express even the remote inkling of a desire to “latinize” the Byzantines. Whether Byzantine Catholics fervently obtain indulgences on behalf of the souls in purgatory, for example, does not matter to Roman Catholics by-and-large. In reality, those Roman Catholics aware of the Eastern Catholic Churches’ existence respect the spiritual heritage of those Eastern Catholic Churches. More importantly, the issue of “latinization” is altogether outside the scope of the question presented.
(II) On de Facto Communion Between the Sister Churches. What is of serious concern to Roman Catholics, however, is whether large numbers of the Catholic flock do not to adhere to dogmatic articles of faith. Because, as Catholics, Latins believe that "Faith is . . . a personal adherence of man to God . . . [and] free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed." CCC 150 (italics not supplied). And, “[b]y adhering to [the Deposit of Faith] the entire holy people, united to its pastors, remains always faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” CCC 84. And that, “[t]here is an organic connection between our spiritual life and the dogmas . . . if our life is upright, our intellect and heart will be open to welcome the light shed by the dogmas of faith.” CCC 89. In sum, it contravenes first principles of Catholic religion to deny essential articles of the Catholic faith. So then, certain concerns of Roman Catholics are valid and respectable.
(III) Question Presented. Therefore, the question raised here, very simply, is whether Melkites - who profess “communion with Rome” - bind themselves to certain essential articles of the Catholic faith. In particular, (A) whether Melkites and Roman Catholics are bound by religious submission of will and intellect to the same deposit of faith - say, for example, on belief in the Immaculate Conception, (B) whether Melkites are duty-bound to submit to the Roman Pontiff with the same religious obedience as Roman Catholics on pronouncements intended to universally bind the faithful in matters of faith and morals - say, for example, Humanae Vitae’s Magisterial prohibition on artificial contraception, and (C ) whether Melkites must adhere to the same ecumenical councils as Roman Catholics - say, for example, the dogmatic pronouncements of the First and Second Vatican Councils.
The more candid and particularized the answer, the more respectable the response. Of course, I trust in the profound elements of salvation found in both sister Churches.
Caritas in veritate.