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Eastern Churches, Catholic
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The term Catholic Eastern churches refers to those churches that originally belonged to the old Eastern or Orthodox churches. In the process of the Orthodox separation from the Roman Catholic Church, they either remained in communion with the pope or later entered into unions with Rome. They acknowledge the primacy and infallibility of the pope, but have their own church law and celebrate the liturgy according to the respective Eastern Church rite so that they hardly differ from their Orthodox mother churches. According to the decisions of Vatican II, all particular…

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Hardt, Michael, “Eastern Churches, Catholic”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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