A few of these 22 Rites, or Churches, are the Armenian, Maronite, Chaldean, Byzantine, Coptic, Malabar, Latin (aka Roman) and Syrian, for example. They are all Catholic and profess the same Faith as the Church of Rome.
All these Rites, or more properly Churches, offer the same sacrifice, preach the same doctrines, and celebrate the same seven Sacraments. Any Catholic may attend any of the 22 Rites he wishes. They are all the One Church founded by Christ.
The 22 autonomous ritual churches cannot be classified as denominations which, by definition, differ from one another on various points of Biblical interpretation, doctrine, or practice. Historically, they were part of the ®CC for a thousand years, were separated for a time during the Great Schism, and have since come home to Mother Church.
This is a simplified history, but in a nutshell, that’s the story of the Catholic Rites. So the Catholic Church is one organization consisting of (thus far) ***22 autonomous ritual churches ***(including Rome). Together, the various Churches constitute one entity – the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. The Rites differ in culture, language, liturgy, canon law, but not in doctrine, practice, or biblical interpretation. They all trace their beginning to an Apostle (not an ordinary man). They all hold to the ancient Faith as it was taught by the Apostles in all its fullness. Each is centered around the Eucharist.
There is no such unifying relationship among the Protestant denominations. Instead of forming a united whole, they are splintered. For example, the original church of Martin Luther does not exist and has been replaced by a plethora of “synods” who disagree with all other Lutheran synods in their interpretation of the Scriptures, doctrines, or religious practices. The
same lamentable story can be told of Calvin’s church. And on and on goes the sad story of Protestantism.
The new trend is independent churches with no
affiliation whatsover with historic Christianity. But these churches are not Catholic, not Orthodox, and not Anglican; therefore, they are Protestant. They base their beliefs on the Bible and thus qualify as Protestants.
Ave Cor Mariae, Jay