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by volodymyr
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I am going to attempt to bring back this Thread.
I want to begin by saying that I appreciate and support Fr. Deacon John and Administrator John for the handling of the first posting of this Thread topic.
We should not personally attack individuals. We should address behaviors and methods, not individuals.
Again, thank you both for your leadership on this Forum.

Volodymyr
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by DocT
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I agree 100%.

Excellent choirs, a good priest and a parish that understands and loves Divine Liturgy is a fantastic outreach.

Practicing the Faith in God's intended way is attractive.

On the other hand, if the parish is full of despondent Latin Mass folks, who pray the rosary and do everything latin-style and who are only there because there isn't a good Latin Mass alternative.....this type of parish will not prosper, as they don't know who they are or why they're there.
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by Deacon Christopher
Deacon Christopher
The reason that so few Western Catholics know anything about Eastern Christianity (both Orthodox and Catholic) is primarily related to size, and geographic distribution.

While studying for the priesthood is when I first encountered the Divine Liturgy. Although I had lived in several different states, there weren't Eastern parishes in those areas.

The Eparchy that I serve covers more than half the continental US, 28 states in all, with temples in only 15 of those states. There are around 12,500 Ukrainian Catholics in the eparchy. In my Western archdiocese the neighboring parish has more Catholics than the entire eparchy!

As such, if Roman Catholics never meet Eastern Catholics, or never visit their temples or experience the Divine Liturgy it is often because they simply will not meet such a person, or happen across such a parish.

One can read and study about Eastern praxis and worship, watch a video on your computer, and the like; but that is no substitute for actually attending and having your senses over-run with chant and bells and incense and icons and glistening vestments.

In our country, Catholics are much more likely to encounter Eastern worship in the areas that immigrants from Eastern Europe settled. Along the northeastern seaboard, as well as PA, and OH have greater concentration of Eastern Catholics and parishes. Most of those that exist in CA, AZ, and NV were formed by migration of those Eastern Catholics as either snowbirds or retirees, or both.

I would suggest you invite Catholics that you meet to attend Divine Liturgy with you at your temple. Be a spark and let the Holy Spirit work upon them.

Finally, I don't think knowledge of Eastern Christianity is the real stumbling block to reunification of East and West; I think it is primarily papal supremacy.

Fr. Deacon Christopher
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by Devin1890
Devin1890
The Eastern Orthodox in this country are not shy either about it, at least in the Antiochian Jurisdiction and Ancient Faith Orthodox Christian Ministries. Popular priests Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick, Fr. Stephen De Young and Fr. Stephen Freeman are all convert priests. I also don't think it would be bad idea to "gently poach" Latin Catholics and if parishes get too large, ordain a married man. Certainly the Latin Rite is big enough and could use the help in providing sacramental care.
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