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I'm sure that this question has been asked hundreds of times but I'll ask again :)
I was born and raised in the Latin Church. We are lucky to have an Eastern Catholic Church in our city and over the last 5 or 6 years I have been regularly attending Divine Liturgy. I started with going once a month, then twice, and now I am a regular.
I am drawn to the Ruthenian Church and was wondering how long a transfer from one sui juris Church to another? I know that it is not a necessary thing but as a father I feel this is the Church that I wish my daughter to belong too.
I know that the best thing to do is just speak to my pastor about this but it's Wednesday and with work and all (I'm a teacher and we are nearing the end of the year, yay!) I just will not get around to it until the weekend. If anyone has gone through this I would love to hear your stories and for those who were born and raised in one of the Eastern Churches, your thoughts :)
If you are in a jurisdiction of the Byzantine Catholic Church and the Latin Church both, then you request the transfer in writing from the bishop of the eparchy that you wish to join. The receiving bishop approves then he will make the request to the Latin bishop. If both approve, then the sacramental records will be needed by the Byzantine bishop, and then he will approve the transfer, and finally an affidavit will be sent for use in making the declaration, after which is will be complete when the bishop receives it. If children are under fourteen they can transfer with the parent, and also the spouse may transfer.
CIC (Latin Canon Law)
Can. 112 §1. After the reception of baptism, the following are enrolled in another Church sui iuris:
[INDENT]1° one who has obtained permission from the Apostolic See;
2° a spouse who, on entering marriage or during its course, has declared that he or she is transferring to the Church sui iuris of the other spouse; on the dissolution of the marriage, however, that person may freely return to the Latin Church;
3° the children of those mentioned in nn. 1 and 2 who have not completed their fourteenth year, and likewise in a mixed marriage the children of a Catholic party who has lawfully transferred to another Church sui iuris; on completion of their fourteenth year, however, they may return to the Latin Church.
Can. 112 §3. Each transfer to another Church 'sui iuris’ is valid from the moment of the declaration made in the presence of the local ordinary of the said Church or of its pastor or of the priest delegated by one of them and of two witnesses, unless a rescript of the Apostolic See disposes otherwise; and is noted in the baptismal register.
Act of John Paul II.
Secretariat of State
To canonical norm CIC 112, §1, 1/
CCEO Canon 32 section 2 presumes consent of the Apostolic See (consensus praesumitur) for transfer of a Catholic of one Church sui iuris to another with overlapping territories. This rescript extends the consent to the faithful of the Latin Church.
From the audience with his Holiness, Day 26, November, year 1992. Angelo Cardinal Sodano, Secretary of State
Many transfers from the Latin Church, such as this, have occurred in our Byzantine Catholic parish.
If your daughter is fourteen, then that transfer would have to be made with a similar application.