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#1 of 8 Old 06-09-2005, 03:18 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My understanding is that the term "Roman Catholic" refers to those who believe the Bishop of Rome (the pope) is the head of the Church on earth. There are the Eastern Rite Churches, which are also Catholic, and include the Byzantine and Eastern Orthodox, who do not believe that the pope is the head of the Catholic Church, but are in communion with the Church. There are a few other differences as well, and there's a lot of info on the internet if you're interested in knowing more.

You can get a ton of good information on this subject by doing a google search for "Roman Catholic and Eastern Rite" or by checking out Newadvent.org (a Catholic encyclopedia).

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There are also a large number of smaller Catholic churches which are NOT in communion with Rome and do not believe that the bishop of Rome is the head of the entire church. The church that I belong to is Catholic but not Roman Catholic -- we're one of the 'leftier' non-Roman churches, and broke during the Utrecht succession, when a group of dutch bishops broke away from the church for reasons too complicated to get into here. We have a valid apostolic succession, and valid sacrements, but are not a part of the Roman Church.

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I belong to an eastern Church. We are Catholic and fall under the Pope of Rome, but we have a different understanding of the Pope's role. "Eastern RiTe" is actually a term that describes liturgical practice. We are churches sui iuris, which means we are separate churches under the Pope - there are something like 24! So, calling the Eastern churches in communion with Rome "Eastern Rite" is to be only half right. I suggest checking the site byzcath.org for more information on the other churches in communion with Rome.
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Thank you mamas! That makes much more sense.

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[QUOTE=ledzepplon]My understanding is that the term "Roman Catholic" refers to those who believe the Bishop of Rome (the pope) is the head of the Church on earth. There are the Eastern Rite Churches, which are also Catholic, and include the Byzantine and Eastern Orthodox, who do not believe that the pope is the head of the Catholic Church, but are in communion with the Church.

This not quite true. Usually by saying Catholic one means a rite under the pope. (There are small groups like 'old Catholics' that are not Catholic in this sense, but in every day speach they are excluded when saying 'Catholic.') Roman is one of the many rites. Thus a Roman Catholic is always a Catholic, but a Catholic is not necessarily a Roman Catholic.

There are Eastern RITE Catholics, but Eastern ORTHODOX are not Catholics. Unlike mentioned above, Eastern Orthodox are not in communion with Rome (as in the the Catholic church). Eastern Orthodox churches are much closer to the Cathoic church than Protestant churches when it comes to teaching (Sacraments, etc.). Yet, the separation remains.

Sorry I am not more clear... The bottom line is that usually, in this country, when someone says Catholic, they mean Roman Catholic, although other rites do also exist.

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Wow thanks for asking that question! I didn't even know there was a different.

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