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Cody Lynn wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have a canon law question. Someone's dad is Eastern Orthodox and their mom is a Latin Rite Catholic.

  • If that person:
    • was baptized
    • received their First Holy Communion, and
    • was confirmed in the Latin Rite

    • Would they effectively be Eastern Catholic because their father was Eastern Orthodox?

Thanks,

Cody

  { Would they effectively be Eastern Catholic because their father was Eastern Orthodox? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Cody —

No, because their father is not Catholic.

Eric

Mike replied:

Hi Cody,

For the sake of clarity, an Eastern Orthodox father does not have the same faith as a Eastern Rite Catholic father does.

A rite is the liturgical, theological, spiritual, and disciplinary patrimony, by which its own manner of living the faith is manifested in each autonomous Church. The Eastern Catholic Churches are autonomous, self-governing particular churches in full communion with the Pope.

There are about 22 different rites within the Catholic Church although about 95% of Catholics belong to the Latin or Roman rite. These other rites include:

  1. Albanian Byzantine Catholic Church
  2. Armenian Catholic Church
  3. Belarusian Greek Catholic Church
  4. Bulgarian Greek Catholic Church
  5. Chaldean Catholic Church
  6. Coptic Catholic Church
  7. Ethiopian Catholic Church
  8. Byzantine Church of Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro
  9. Greek Byzantine Catholic Church
  10. Hungarian Greek Catholic Church
  11. Italo-Albanian Byzantine Catholic Church
  12. Macedonian Greek Catholic Church
  13. Maronite Church
  14. Melkite Greek Catholic Church
  15. Romanian Church United with Rome, Greek-Catholic
  16. Russian Greek Catholic Church
  17. Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church
  18. Slovak Byzantine Catholic Church
  19. Syriac Catholic Church
  20. Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
  21. Syro-Malankara Catholic Church
  22. Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

The Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Churches believe almost every Christian teaching, faith-wise, except for the papacy.

Check out these related postings:

I hope this helps,

Mike

Cody replied:

Thanks for the replies!

That's along the line of what I thought. The claim that such a person would be de facto Orthodox didn't make much sense but I wanted to be sure. I read what I thought was the relevant passage in the Code of Canon Law and it seemed to be referring to someone who's parents are from different rites of the Catholic Church, not from Eastern Orthodoxy. The person who made this claim, said this was done so that the Eastern Orthodox wouldn't be angered by someone who was an Eastern Christian being brought up in the Western or Latin Rite Church.

One final question:

  • What do you mean we are of different faiths?

I know they don't acknowledge the papacy and we aren't in communion with each other. At the same time, we would allow someone who was Eastern Orthodox to receive the Eucharist at Mass and we would be allowed to do the same at their Divine Liturgy, if they were okay with it. We also acknowledge the rest of their sacraments and their Apostolic Succession.

Thanks again,

Cody

Mike replied:

Hi Cody,

You said:
At the same time, we would allow someone who was Eastern Orthodox to receive the Eucharist at Mass and we would be allowed to do the same at their Divine Liturgy, if they were okay with it.

Not quite. I think this web posting will answer both the faith and reception components of your question:

Mike

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