Orientalium Ecclesiarum 4

We ring in the new year with our continuing look at Vatican II’s document on Easter Rite Catholicism.

Means should be taken therefore in every part of the world for the protection and advancement of all the individual Churches and, to this end, there should be established parishes and a special hierarchy where the spiritual good of the faithful demands it.

Cooperation, consultation, the usual suspects:

The hierarchs of the different individual Churches with jurisdiction in one and the same territory should, by taking common counsel in regular meetings, strive to promote unity of action and with common endeavor to sustain common tasks, so as better to further the good of religion and to safeguard more effectively the ordered way of life of the clergy.(Pius XII, Motu proprio Cleri sanctitati, 2 iun. 1957, can. 4.)

Be educated, catechized as to the relationship amongst the rites:

All clerics and those aspiring to sacred Orders should be instructed in the rites and especially in the practical norms that must be applied in interritual questions. The laity, too, should be taught as part of its catechetical education about rites and their rules.

Rite-switching is not a preference. In fact, it is actively discouraged:

Finally, each and every Catholic, as also the baptized of every non-Catholic church or denomination who enters into the fullness of the Catholic communion, must retain his own rite wherever he is, must cherish it and observe it to the best of his ability (Pius XII, Motu proprio Cleri sanctitati, 2 iun. 1957, can. 8: sine licentia Sedis Apostolicae, sequendo praxim saeculorum praecedentium; item quoad baptizatos acatholicos in can. 11 habetur: ritum quem maluerint am plecti possunt; in textu proposito disponitur modo positivo observantia ritus pro omnibus et ubique terrarum.), without prejudice to the right in special cases of persons. communities or areas, of recourse to the Apostolic See, which, as the supreme judge of interchurch relations, will, acting itself or through other authorities, meet the needs of the occasion in an ecumenical spirit, by the issuance of opportune directives, decrees or rescripts.

Any thoughts?


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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One Response to Orientalium Ecclesiarum 4

  1. Any thoughts? Yes, two:

    1. It is unfortunately the case that most Eastern Catholic clergy in the U.S. and Canada appear largely to keep within their own rite. Even the meager attempt to unify the respective translations of the liturgical texts (as was attempted by the Ruthenians, the Ukrainians and the Melkites) was quashed by the highest clergy and by the people. Another example which shows that it is not only RCs who ignore or avoid the actual teachings and dictates of the Second Vatican Council.

    2. I think that your characterization of the Vatican disfavoring change of rite is perhaps not entirely supported by the text which you cite: rather, it indicates that the preference is for Catholics and non-Catholics to retain and to cultivate the liturgical rite to which they were born, without prejudice to the rights of those (such as me) who wish genuinely to enter completely into the liturgical rite of another Catholic church.

    Other than that, I think you are doing a great job here, Todd.

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