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  • Paul M. Paulochik
    Close but no banana. It was about 700 years after Cyril & Methodius that the term Byzantine Catholic Church started being used. As mentioned in a previous
    Message 1 of 18 , Jun 5, 2010
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      Close but no banana. It was about 700 years after Cyril & Methodius that the
      term "Byzantine Catholic Church" started being used. As mentioned in a
      previous e-mail (sorry, don't know by who), it was a political decision by
      certain Orthodox churches in the Austrian Empire (run by the Hapsburgs) to
      transfer their loyalty from the Patriarchs of the Orthodox rites to the
      Pope. Besides the pressure from the Austrian emperor, there was the matter
      of the Patriarch in Moscow being used by the Tsars as an excuse for
      meddling, and it was becoming difficult for the local bishops to keep
      international politics out of the local churches. Lots of politics involved,
      and it took decades or centuries to reach the point, but for a quick
      overview, do a search on the Union of Brest (1595-96) - Wikipedia has a
      short-and-to-the point version, and there are many other articles out there
      that give all sorts of details. Problem is, most of them assume you already
      know what they're talking about - a style historians use that frustrates the
      hell out of me.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
      Behalf Of pstupak
      Sent: Saturday, June 05, 2010 2:59 PM
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [S-R] Re: Help with a town name

      I've been doing quite a bit of research into the Byzantine Catholic Church
      and here is my basic understanding:

      Christianity was first brought to the Slavic people by two Greek brothers,
      Saints Cyril and Methodius, in the 9th Century. The brothers were from
      Thessaloniki, which was an important trade city in the Roman Empire, and
      part of the Eastern Roman Empire after the death of Emperor Theodosius I in
      395. Therefore the Christianity administered by the Saints used the Greek
      rites common in the Eastern Roman Empire (later the Byzantine Empire), but a
      version that still held the Bishop of Rome (the Pope) as being superior to
      all other Bishops.

      Roughly two-hundred years later the Orthodox and Roman churches would split
      in 1054 during the Great Schism after the Pope refused to recognize the
      Bishop of Constantinople his equal in the same manner as the Emperors of the
      Eastern and Western Roman Empires were equals. The Slavic churches, despite
      practicing the Greek rites, remained loyal to the Pope and became known as
      Greek Catholic Churches.

      Through various papal edicts, the parishioners of the Greek Catholic Church
      (including the Slovak Greek Catholic Church) are deemed to be part of the
      Holy See and in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church despite
      practicing the Byzantine (or Greek) rites in lieu of the Latin rites. In
      theory this means that a Greek Catholic can receive communion in a Roman
      Catholic church, priests attend Roman Catholic seminaries, Latin rite
      priests are forbidden from attempting to convert Byzantine rite
      parishioners, and the different practices in the Greek Catholic community
      are recognized as legitimate by the Pope under the sui iuris doctrine. In
      reality this has been less successful at times, particularly in Slovakia,
      where the Latin rites have often been pressed on the Slovak Greek Catholic
      Churches. Today there is something of a resurgence of the Slovak Greek
      Catholic Church through strong backing by Pope Benedict.

      The principle differences between the two rites is that under the Byzantine
      rite parish priests can marry, leavened bread is used for the Eucharist, and
      the Niece Creed states that the Holy Spirit flows from the Father -- not the
      Father and Son. The act of parish priests marrying was discouraged in
      American Greek Catholic Churches, but it remains common in Slovakia.

      Again, I am just now researching this and I am probably missing many

      --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Ron" <amiak27@...> wrote:
      > You are getting closer, and it is a fasinatingly complex story, but
      > >>a church that had it's origins in the eastern part of the Roman Empire,
      but refused to join the Eastern Orthodox Church after the East-West
      > is not right; the split took place between 600 & 1000 AD & the Greek
      Catholic / Byzantine / Uniate Church was founded about 1560. All
      approximate dates, and I would say the founding was political because the
      Austrian emperor was more Catholic than the Pope and he didn't like his
      Orthodox subjects praying for the health of the Orthodox Russian Tsar. But
      then read on, the disputes carried over into America and into further
      politics in the 1880's, 1910's, and around 1930...
      > --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "pstupak" <stupak@> wrote:
      > >
      > > And a few hours later I have learned more about the Greek Catholic
      Church that practices the Byzantine rite, in lieu of the Latin rite, but
      remains part of the Holy See and considered in full communion with the Roman
      Catholic Church. So for those who may uncover a Greek Catholic background
      in your own family this does not mean your family is Greek -- rather it
      means that the family worshiped in a church that had it's origins in the
      eastern part of the Roman Empire, but refused to join the Eastern Orthodox
      Church after the East-West Schism. Fascinating stuff.
      > >
      > > --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "pstupak" <stupak@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Good eye Samuel! I saw the R__ before the Catholic under Mathias
      Sztupak and assumed he was Roman Catholic. But no, if I looked at
      everything there it clearly reads: "Gr. rit. Cath." or Greek ritual
      > > >
      > > > This is an incredible find. My grandfather and great grandfather had
      a falling out before my father or uncles/aunts were born. So what we knew
      of the family came from the little we knew through my grandfather ("they
      came from Czechoslovakia"), and we assumed they were all Roman Catholic as
      my grandfather had entered the seminary, left to marry my grandmother, and
      all the kids were raised strict Roman Catholic. To learn that the Stupaks
      are in fact at least 1/16th Greek and the strong Roman Catholic comes from
      our great great grandmother is certainly an incredible revelation.
      > > >
      > > > Thanks to everyone for their help on this. As is so often the case,
      one answer has led to ten questions.
      > > >
      > > > -Phil
      > > >
      > > > --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, Samuel Ontko <smontko@> wrote:
      > > > >
      > > > > I believe the marriage record indicates that he was Greek Catholic
      > > > > the Porac church records should be your next adventure. I have
      looked at
      > > > > those before.
      > > > >
      > > >
      > >


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