My sister, a life long Roman Catholic has recently joined a Melchite Rite Church along with her husband. My superficial research tells me this church is in communion with Rome though I get conflicting notions from both sister and brother in law. For instance, when I suggested that the Pope is still the head of their church they informed me that they have a “Patriarch” and certainly implied a sense of autonomy that I was uncomfortable with.
Can a Roman Rite Catholic “switch” to Eastern Rite on their own?
Does the Melchite Rite profess faithfulness to the Holy Father in Rome?