The Difference?


#1

What exactly is the difference between the Roman Rite and the Easter Rite?

Thanks in advance!


#2

Q: I have two questions for you about Eastern Orthodoxy and Eastern-Rite Catholicism. First, what is the main difference between them (other than that one isn’t Catholic and the other is)? Second, where can I go for a basic, general history of Eastern-rite Catholicism?

A: The main difference between Eastern Orthodoxy and Eastern-Rite Catholicism is ecclesiological–it has to do with what each perceives the nature and structure of the Church to be.

The Orthodox view the Church as a federation of local churches, while Catholics, Eastern-Rite or otherwise, see it as an organic communion, with the successor of Peter–the pope–as an essential component of that communion.

Despite this and other differences we can’t consider here, there’s a great deal Eastern-Rite Catholics and Orthodox have in common, including a mutual cultural and liturgical tradition.

As a result, many Eastern-Rite Catholics prefer to think of themselves as “Orthodox in communion with Rome” rather than as “Uniates,” the latter term being one used frequently in a derogatory sense against Eastern-rite Catholics by the Orthodox.

In answer to your second question, for a good overview of Eastern-Rite Catholicism see Hubert Jedin’s History of the Church, vol. IX, pp. 335 ff. and vol. X, pp. 473 ff. The New Catholic Encyclopedia also has articles on the subject and many related topics.

Quoted from This Rock magazine, August 1991.
Source: catholic.com/thisrock/1991/9108qq.asp


#3

I guess that quote from This Rock didn’t quite answer the question. Both Eastern Rite Catholics and Roman Rite Catholics are Catholics in union with Rome. The main difference is in the way the divine liturgy is celebrated.


#4

I know sometimes the theology in the west and east are usually the same, with different emphasis on certain points, but are there any clear theological differences between the western and eastern rites?


#5

[quote=JimG]I guess that quote from This Rock didn’t quite answer the question. Both Eastern Rite Catholics and Roman Rite Catholics are Catholics in union with Rome. The main difference is in the way the divine liturgy is celebrated.
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Right!

We should not be confused with the word “eastern rite catholics” and the orthodox (greek orthodox etc.)

Eastern rite Catholics are Catholics (in communion with the bishop of rome).

Orthodox (greek orthodox etc) are not in communion with the bishp of rome, so it means that they are not catholics.

We Catholics can also be called orthodox.

I think the only difference is the vestments, liturgy, some order of sacraments (only the rules), and language. Eastern rite uses Greek and Aramaic while Latin rite Catholics uses latin as official language.


#6

Um, there is no such thing as “Eastern Rite Catholics” – there are Catholics of the Eastern Catholic Churches (some 22 of them). There are five Eastern Rites (Armenian, Byzantine, Coptic, Chaldean and Syriac). There are 14 Churches that use the Byzantine Rite of which the most common in the United States are the Melkite, Ruthenian, Ukrainian, Romanian and Russian.

For an overview of this see the Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association of Southern California.

Deacon Ed


#7

[quote=viktor aleksndr]Right!

We should not be confused with the word “eastern rite catholics” and the orthodox (greek orthodox etc.)

Eastern rite Catholics are Catholics (in communion with the bishop of rome).

Orthodox (greek orthodox etc) are not in communion with the bishp of rome, so it means that they are not catholics.

We Catholics can also be called orthodox.

I think the only difference is the vestments, liturgy, some order of sacraments (only the rules), and language. Eastern rite uses Greek and Aramaic while Latin rite Catholics uses latin as official language.
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Eastern Rite ALSO uses Old Church Slovanic which we use in the Rutherian tradition.


#8

[quote=Deacon Ed]Um, there is no such thing as “Eastern Rite Catholics” – there are Catholics of the Eastern Catholic Churches (some 22 of them). There are five Eastern Rites (Armenian, Byzantine, Coptic, Chaldean and Syriac). There are 14 Churches that use the Byzantine Rite of which the most common in the United States are the Melkite, Ruthenian, Ukrainian, Romanian and Russian.

For an overview of this see the Eastern Catholic Pastoral Association of Southern California.

Deacon Ed
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Very good and interesting link. Thanks for posting it, :thumbsup:


#9

From what I understand the basic gist is that the Latin Rite is the common rite asscoiated with Catholicism. The Eastern Catholic Churches are various Churches who basically keep the style and service of the Orthodox Church, but are in communion with Rome.

Michael


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