Just a few questions…
Can someone still call themselves Catholic if they proclaim to be Roman Catholic and reject all that is Eastern Catholic?
Must those that are Roman Catholic accept the differences with the Eastern church to still call themselves Catholic?
I ask because I do have a history with the Eastern Church. I was baptized in the EC, and attending Liturgy for about 6 years. I still attend Liturgy with my mother at Christmas and Easter, and a few other times during the year when I visit her on a Sunday. Nowadays, I myself attend a RC Mass. These EC priests in my life are very holy men, all with families! I see no difference between them and any RC priest that I’ve been exposed to, when it comes to devotion to Christ and their congregation. In fact, I could go on and on singing the praise of the EC priests in my life.
I gave some serious thought about a vocation, but one element in the Latin Rite that I might go so far as saying I disagree with is celibacy.
Why do people say, when asked of their religion, “Roman Catholic”. To me, it is an insult to Eastern Catholics. You are either Catholic or you are not. I do not see two rites as denominations, but as something else.