I heard from a seminarian from my parish (Roman Rite parish) studying for the secular priesthood that whilst in seminary, he has been approached by an Eastern Catholic eparchy about becoming an Eastern Catholic priest rather than a Latin priest (I prefer to not say what kind of Eastern Catholic group it is, but we have Melkite, Ruthenian, Maronite and others in the area). Now, I have two questions: (1) is this not an uncommon occurrence; and (2) would it not be very difficult to get the dispensation from the ordinary, if at all?
I found it to be strange to the ear. :eek: If it is not that uncommon, then I wonder if Eastern Catholic groups also approach men in formation at seminary for the permanent diaconate (in the Latin Church) to fore go that and instead go for ordination into an Eastern Rite priesthood and if the same difficulties would naturally arise. :blush: