Patriarchs of the east

Patriarchs of the east

The Catholic patriarchs of the east are generally speaking the head bishops of some of the autonomous Eastern Catholic Churches. Each patriarch of the east has authority over all bishops of a particular eastern rite church. These patriarchs are elected by their synods, and must extend communion to and receive it from the other patriarchs, including the pope, before officially taking their office. In matters of discipline and practice, but not in matters of dogma, they generally follow the customs and laws of their particular church. Perhaps the most striking example is that in most Eastern Catholic Churches, ordination of married men to the priesthood is routine (although no priest may marry "after" ordination, and only celibate priests may become bishops). Eastern churches that are not headed by patriarchs are instead headed by bishops who are titled major archbishops, metropolitans, or in a few cases merely eparchs.

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem is also considered one of the patriarchs of the east. However, his church follows the Latin Rite and his patriarchal title derives from the historical importance of the see rather than the autonomy of his church. The Patriarch of the East Indies is a Latin Rite archbishop whose patriarchal title derives from the importance of his see in the evangelization of south and east Asia but, despite the title of the patriarchate, is not considered a patriarch of the east.

The patriarchs of the Eastern Rite churches are:
*The Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria
*The Syrian Catholic Patriarch of Antioch
*The Melkite Catholic Patriarchs of Antioch
*The Maronite Patriarch of Antioch
*The Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon
*The Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia

ee also


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем сделать НИР

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Patriarch of the East Indies — The Patriarch of the East Indies in the Catholic hierarchy is the title of the Archbishop of Goa and Damão in India; another title of his is that of the Primate of the East. Unlike the patriarchs of the Eastern Catholic Churches sui juris , the… …   Wikipedia

  • Catholicos of the East — This article describes different viewpoints about the history and tradition associated with the ecclesiastical position called Catholicos of the East, a title used by Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches to denote the head of a Church or a… …   Wikipedia

  • Church of the East — For other uses, see Church of the East (disambiguation). Nestorian Church redirects here. For other uses, see Nestorian (disambiguation). Nestorian priests in a procession on Palm Sunday, in a 7th or 8th century wall painting from a Nestorian… …   Wikipedia

  • Holy See of the East — The Seat of Nestorian Catholicos Patriarchs and Indian Orthodox Catholicos of the East is commonly known as the Holy See of the East and the Holy See of St. Thomas, as the post of Catholicos of the East is the successor of St. Thomas.Nestorian… …   Wikipedia

  • Holy Synod of the Assyrian Church of the East — The Holy Apostolic and Catholic Assyrian Church of the East is a Christian church that traces its origins to the See of Babylon, said to be founded by Saint Thomas the Apostle.Fact|date=October 2007 In India, it is known as the Chaldean Syrian… …   Wikipedia

  • Assyrian Church of the East — Assyrian Christian redirects here. For other uses, see Assyrian (disambiguation). Assyrian Church of the East Emblem of the Assyrian Church of the East Founder Traces origins to Saints Thomas, Bartholomew, Thaddeus (Addai) …   Wikipedia

  • Dioceses of the Church of the East to 1318 — Syrian, Armenian and Latin bishops debate Christian doctrine in the Crusader city of Acre, late 13th century At the height of its power, in the 10th century AD, the dioceses of the Church of the East numbered well over a hundred and stretched… …   Wikipedia

  • Dioceses of the Church of the East, 1552–1913 — After the 1552 schism in the Church of the East, the Nestorian and Chaldean sections of the church each had, by the end of the 19th century, around twelve dioceses each. The country of the Church of the East, 1913 Contents 1 Background …   Wikipedia

  • The Religion of Russia —     The Religion of Russia     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► The Religion of Russia     A. The Origin of Russian Christianity     There are two theories in regard to the early Christianity of Russia; according to one of them, Russia was Catholic from …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Church of the East & Abroad — is a predominantly American sect that departed from its the Orthodox Nasrani faith and practice in July of 2005, but it still claims its true origin is during the Second Temple era of Judaism. It describes itself as a Nasrani Nestorian Mishkani… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”