So the Bishop’s Synod in Rome wrapped up and so this is what it had to say about the Oriental Churches:
Proposition 3 : ORIENTAL CATHOLIC CHURCHES
The Oriental Catholic Churches sui juris, which are enlightened by the Tradition that has been handed down from the Apostles through the Fathers, are the patrimony of the whole Church of Christ (cf. Orientalium Ecclesiarum, 2, Codex Canonum Ecclesiarum Orientalium, 39). These Churches are part of the Apostolic heritage through which the Good News was brought to far-off lands (cf. Ecclesia in Medio Oriente, 88).
They are thankful for the possibility offered to them to carry out their pastoral duties towards their migrant faithful in countries with Latin Church traditions. They also hope that their tradition might be more fully known and respected among the faithful and clergy of particular Churches around the world.
It saddens me that in the Year of Faith and a Synod intended to promote a New Evangelization that the only references to the Eastern Churches leaves us with two ideas:
The Eastern Churches were a part of the original Apostolic evangelization.
Now they should tend to their own flocks and maybe show up once and a while to remind people they still exist? That is it?
I may have misread the Scriptures but I thought Our Lord commissioned all the Apostles to bring the Gospel to the world?
I would think the Eastern Churches would have many particular gifts to bring to a New Evangelization, anyone who could persevere centuries under the boot of the Ottomans, Caliphates, and Communism would have much to bring to a society under assault by tyrannical secularism and militant Islam…