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Does anyone know...

What is the general process for a person of the Eastern Orthodox tradition being received into the Byzantine Catholic tradition?

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Welcome to the forum.

Short answer: contact the priest at the Byzantine Catholic parish you want to join. Longer answer: you might want to be a part of the new community you have thoughts of joining before you get to the point of making the move. Making a move like this has more implications than just changing one's address.

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It seems that you are in ABQ, NM. You should get in contact with the pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church [olphnm.org]. His name is Fr. Artur. He is a wonderful priest.

Normally, for a baptized and chrismated non-Catholic Eastern Christian (Oriental or Eastern Orthodox), a simple profession of faith is all that is needed.

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A member of the Christian faithful of an Eastern non-Catholic Church is to be received into the Catholic Church with only the profession of the Catholic faith, after doctrinal and spiritual preparation according to each one's condition.



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One caveat. The received Orthodox Christian is "inscribed" into the same "counterpart" Catholic ecclesial traditon or its closest equivalent. i.e. Ukrainian Orthodox to Ukrainian Greek Catholic, Antiochian Orthodox to Melkite Greek-Catholic, Carpatho-Russian Orthodox to Ruthenian Greek-Catholic, OCA to Russian Greek Catholic or Ruthenian, Romanian Orthodox to Romanian Greek-Catholic. Church of the East to Chaldean Catholic, etc. This may seem unimportant, but it can later cause headaches and problems with marriages and ordinations - both of which require proper canonical jurisdiction. "Better to get it right at first then to be sorry leter." (Like most priests, I've experienced the nightmare that failures with this can cause).


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