Monday, May 07, 2007

What's A Syro-Malankara Catholic?
A Catholic... that's what!

If any of you out these are a history major like I was... or just plain interested in the history and structure of The Church, you're probably going to be fascinated to read up on the various Rites within The Church.

This link gives a quick, but concise, overview of the various rites. Everything from the Alexandrian Rite Catholics of Egypt and Ethiopia (who were initially evangelized by St. Mark the Apostle), to the Malankarese Catholics of Southern India (who were initially evangelized by St. Thomas the Apostle).

I've found that knowledge of the various Rites of Catholicism can be useful while engaged in discussion/debate with non-Catholics, usually Evangelical Protestants.

To those that claim that Catholicism never existed in the first few centuries of The Early Church, I would ask them; "how do you explain the ancient Rites such as the Maronites of Lebanon or the Italo-Albanians who have always held allegiance to The See of Peter? Or even those who re-united with Rome after they were part of any given schism. They were loyal to Rome prior to... right?

Example: from the Ethiopian Catholic Church website;

Around the year 341 A.D., Saint Frumentius (Abune Salama Kesatie Berhan) was consecrated the first Bishop of Ethiopia by the great Saint Athanasius, Patriarch of Alexandria, who was in union with the Bishop of Rome. Thus the Bishop of Alexandria was the bridge between the Bishop of Rome and the Bishop of Ethiopia.

Well, even if your not big into the whole debate scene... just knowing the history of our Church and how widespread She is, all this I find to be fascinating.


Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

I was once troubled by Western Catholics' lack of knowledge of their Eastern Rite brethren, but as a came to realize today's average Catholic's lack of knowledge about the essential beliefs of the Church, it didn't bother me anymore.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Al said...

It should bither you, but I understand why you feel the way you do.

The sad facts are, while the Eastern rites are getting rid of things foisted on them by the West & restoring their liturgies to what they should be, we in the Latin Rite seem Hell-bent (literally) on destroying our

10:20 PM  
Blogger James said...

Thanks for the links, VSC. As to debate, you oughta see some of the garbage these Protestants wrote, and how a few of us defended the faith:

Due to the comments, they wrote more trash:

Then, I got really, really pissed. Perhaps someone should write an article entitled: Are Protestants Mentally Challenged?

11:59 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

The springtime of the church is not a lie, just the description of the Brazilian church in that article.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

I beg to differ. Do I really need to post all the stats that show the obvious?

Oh, what the heck, why not?

If this is springtime, I'd hate to see winter.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

The Eastern Rites and Churches by their very existence are a refutation of Prots. Speaking from experience, they upon hearing I'm not "Catholic" warm to me thinking I'll verify them, only to get disillusioned when I confirm that the Church has ALWAYS been Hierarchal, ALWAYS been Liturgical and ALWAYS been sacremental, and that the Vatican didn't just "make it all up." It's all in the Acts of the Apostles for cryin' out loud! Prots don't know jack.

1:45 PM  

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