Eastern Catholicism

  • “Archimandrite Robert #Taft SJ, who is well-known as one of the most important modern scholars of the #Byzantine Liturgy inter multa alia, passed away yesterday at the age of 86, at the Jesuit Order’s home for retired priests in Weston, Massachusetts. He taught for many years at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome as Professor of Oriental Liturgy, producing hundreds of scholarly works; among his best known are the book The Liturgy of the Hours in East and West, and The Great Entrance, a study of that part of the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom. Fr Taft was ordained to the priesthood in the Byzantine #Slavonic Rite in 1963, and for decades, regularly celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the church of the Pontifical Russian College, generally known as the Russicum…”

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Eastern CatholicismEastern Catholicism 4 weeks ago

    “…In a recent interview with Crux, Archbishop Sviatoslav #Shevchuk of #Ukraine , head of the country’s #GreekCatholic Church, said “this step by the Church of #Constantinople has destroyed certain schemes of ecumenical dialogue that took hold during the time of the Cold War. The primary and privileged interlocutor in this dialogue in the context of the Cold War and Ostpolitik was always #Moscow ,” he said. “Dialogue with the entire Orthodox world was understood in this direction. Now, it has to be rethought, not only in terms of how to conduct the dialogue, which has to be updated, but the entire concept has to be rethought…”

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Eastern CatholicismEastern Catholicism 1 month ago

    “…The very absence of the authority that a primus would have exercised at the pan-Orthodox level hinders the efforts of remedying this institutional lacuna [a clear way to reunify with Rome]. In other words, the fact that the Orthodox churches today refuse to recognize a Rome-like primacy among themselves becomes the major problem in their dialogue with Rome… The official reason for the split between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches in 1054 was the #Filioque …the final document from the 2003 Catholic-Orthodox dialogue had the conclusion, “Orthodox and Catholics [should] refrain from labeling as heretical the traditions of the other side on the subject of the procession of the Holy Spirit.” A lot of the confusion relates to the different words used in Latin and Greek for “proceeds” having slightly different meanings…The main theological issue of whether the Pope is a first among equals or an absolute ruler remains to be resolved…”

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  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Eastern CatholicismEastern Catholicism 1 month ago

    This underscores the value of communion with Rome—albeit NOT ‘control’ by Rome.

  • The iconostasis is a central feature of Eastern Churches that has a rich history and symbolism.

  • “…48-year-old Sviatoslav #Shevchuk , major archbishop of the worldwide #Ukrainian #GreekCatholic Church says, ‘For half of my life I lived in the Soviet Union.’ For him and for many citizens of former Soviet nations, this history is still very much alive…Shevchuk spent four years in medical school, but was drafted into the Soviet army…” #GrecoCatholic #EasternCatholicism #EasternCatholic #Byzantine

  • “…I want people to better understand what and who #Byzantine Catholics are. In part, I need to because I want others to better understand why I am what I am…messy communion suits me better than absolute certainty… I ended up Byzantine because I was angry at the West, specifically at Thomism… I considered Orthodoxy, but quickly found that many in the Orthodox Church were as anti-Western as the Latins I had met were anti-Eastern (or, at least, anti-mystical)… on the Schism of 1054…both sides acted wrongly…it all seemed like politics, with a lot of anger built up over centuries…I could continue to love the mysticism and theology of both East and West while living out ecclesial and historical ambiguity (and, with time, I actually came to appreciate Aquinas a lot more!)… I am not a Roman Catholic, but a Catholic whose practice looks very little like that of his Latin brethren, and whose religious culture and language is so different that it would seem almost unintelligible to many Romans…”

  • When most Catholics go to Mass, what they are participating in is really just the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, but there are actually many more rites that most Catholics may not even have heard of.

  • “Relations between the largest of the eastern Catholic Churches, the #Ukrainian #GreekCatholic Church (UGCC), and the Holy See have been frayed in recent years, as the former has found the latter’s support lacking in the face of Russian aggression against #Ukraine in general and the UGCC in particular. Ukrainian Catholics believe that the Holy See wants to maintain good relations with the Russian Orthodox Church, which is strongly allied with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The consequence is that the Holy See does not protest too strongly against Putin’s aggression in Ukraine. Two events in May suggest that those frayed relations are not going to be repaired soon…”

  • 4 Misconceptions About the Catholic East #GrecoCatholic #EasternCatholicism #EasternCatholic #Byzantine

  • On Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm, the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Mt Carmel in New York City will host a group of priests from the #Syriac Catholci Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance of Newark, for a celebration of the Qurbono Qadisho (“Holy Offering” or “Holy Sacrifice”) according to the #Antiochian Rite of the Syriac Catholic Church. Attendance at this liturgy will fulfill the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday; following Holy Liturgy, the infirm are invited to approach the Altar Rail to be blessed. The church is located at 448 E. 116th St. This Liturgy at Our Lady Mt Carmel is a part of the Pallottine tradition of presenting #EasternCatholic liturgies. The Syriac Catholic Church is one of 23 Eastern Catholic Churches based in Syria; the Patriarch, His Beatitude Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III Yonan, has the Catholic Patriarch of #Antioch and all the East of the Syriacs since his election on January 20, 2009, and resides in Beirut, Lebanon. The languages used for the sacred Liturgical Rites are Syriac and Aramaic, the languages Our Lord himself would have used. #GrecoCatholic #EasternCatholicism

  • “…This is a big step towards unity. Catholics and #Orthodox leaders have made statements showing our agreement on the Trinity in the past, such as the US Catholic and Orthodox leaders’ joint statement in 2003. Right now the biggest issue dividing the two Churches is how we understand the primacy of Peter and Rome. All agree that the Pope has a certain primacy over other bishops, but what primacy is a sticking point…” (Most Orthodox theologians object to the METHOD by which ‘ #filioque ’ was added to the creed: by gradual addition to the Western Latin liturgy and finally papal endorsement—but NOT via a Church Council. However, it also should be pointed out that the Liturgy typically has been the primary route of the ‘development of doctrine’—which is why liturgical change always has been introduced in tiny increments over centuries: ‘organically’ within a ‘hermeneutic of continuity’, as Pope Benedict would say. That is, until the Western/ #Latin Rite liturgical revolution of the 1960s—and its inevitable, resultant collapse of Faith in the West.) #GrecoCatholic #EasternCatholicism #EasternCatholic #Byzantine

  • “Take a look at #iconography or religious depictions, and you’ll probably see the figures of Jesus Christ, saints, and angels making distinct hand gestures… It turns out that the origins of these hand gestures dates back to all the way to the 5th century B.C., when the Classical Greeks developed a complex code-like system of hand gestures that were used by orators and rhetoricians when they gave speeches…This system, called chironomia, was common and understood by almost everybody…”

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Eastern CatholicismEastern Catholicism 8 months ago

    8 facts about #icons

  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Eastern CatholicismEastern Catholicism 9 months ago

    “…Christians in the first few centuries were much closer to the culture and language of Jesus than we are. So, it’s easy to see where we’ve grown lax by comparing what we do with what they did. And when it comes to fasting, they put us to shame. All the major Church fathers — including Justin Martyr, Polycarp, Clement of Alexandria and Augustine — commended #fasting …Step into a traditional #Byzantine church, and it feels like stepping back in time. This group of traditions retains a much more ancient form of worship, feasts and #fasts … There are fasts of different kinds for all forty days of Lent (not just mini-fasts on Fridays). And these get more intense during Holy Week. Look at March. There’s another forty day fast during the weeks before Christmas. And a month-long fast for the Apostles (including especially Peter and Paul) during June. Also, a partial-fast every Wednesday and Friday. And before a lot of special holidays…fasting and spiritual heroism go together. It’s hard not to notice that Christians in persecution hot spots tend to have the most hardcore fasting calendars…” #GrecoCatholic #EasternCatholicism #EasternCatholic

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