Eastern Churches that never split from Rome?

Is it true the Maronite and the Italo-Albanian Church never actually split from Rome? What is the history behind these Churches?

A brief history
maronite-heritage.com/LNE.php?page=History

I think the reason that the Maronite church never left communion with Rome is because for a long time they were forgotten about and only “rediscovered” as the crusaders were passing through during the crusades.

IMO, this come off a bit unfair to the Maronite Church. Just because Rome forgot about them does not mean they forgot about Rome or had any disputes with Rome to split over. There are two separate things here, first Rome not remembering them and second the Maronite Church never splitting. The first did not have to be true for the second to also be true.

Are you being serious here! evidence?:confused:

To be fair, its commonly thought that the Maronites emerged from a monotheletite sect.

Ah, no.

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“Monotheletite” and “Monophysite” are completely different beliefs, so I’m not sure how your post responds to the one above.

ah yes and no, Monotheltism is a version of Monophysitism actually.

However it’s true that they were thought to have consensus from a monothelite sect or were themselves once monothelite

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Read CNEWA:

Maronite

The Maronites came into contact with the Latin Church in the 12th century, when the Latin crusader principality of Antioch was founded. In 1182 the entire Maronite nation formally confirmed its union with Rome. There is a strong tradition among the Maronites that their church never lacked communion with the Holy See.

cnewa.org/default.aspx?ID=56&pagetypeID=9&sitecode=HQ&pageno=1

Italo-Albanian

But those from the Orthodox south of the country remained loyal to their Byzantine heritage. At first they met with little understanding from the local Latin bishops. Although in the 16th century Popes intervened in favor of the Byzantines – in 1595 an ordaining bishop was appointed for them – the community continued to decline.

The situation began to improve in the 18th century. In 1742 Pope Benedict XIV published the bull Etsi Pastoralis which was intended to buttress the position of the Italo-Albanians in relation to the Latins. It paved the way for more progressive legislation – and recognition of the equality of the Byzantine rite with the Latin – in the next century.

cnewa.org/default.aspx?ID=57&pagetypeID=9&sitecode=HQ&pageno=1

I have to say I’m suspicious of the Maronite claim. A bunch of heavily armed Franks show up “Oh hey guys, yeah, yeah we’re in communion with you guys, and the Pope of Rome. Yep, always have been”.

From what I have read it was the other way around. The French Crusaders needed the skilled manpower and their expertise in navigating the mountains of Lebanon. 50,000 Maronites died in the crusades.

phoenicia.org/maronites.html

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Thanks for the link.

I have to say I’m suspicious of the Maronite claim. A bunch of heavily armed Franks show up “Oh hey guys, yeah, yeah we’re in communion with you guys, and the Pope of Rome. Yep, always have been”.

I really have no interest in involving myself in this thread, but at the same time I must say that I find the wording of the quoted post to be rather offensive. Please also allow me to note that it’s not all Maronites who make the “petpetual communion with Rome” claim in the first place. (I think it’s quite obvious that I’m not one of them - really, who cares?)

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