Pastoral care of Eastern Catholic faithful residing outside their historical territory with particular reference to the United States and Canada

Title: Pastoral care of Eastern Catholic faithful residing outside their historical territory with particular reference to the United States and Canada
Authors: Oonnonny, George N
Date: 2004
Abstract: During the past two centuries, millions of people belonging to Eastern Christian traditions, due to a variety of reasons, have found themselves uprooted from their native soil and planted in Western Europe, Canada, United States, Latin America and Australia. Five fundamental, but intrinsically related, issues constitute the core of our study of pastoral care of Eastern Catholics living in the diaspora. The first issue we consider is the origins of Eastern Catholic Churches, in order to identify and understand the root causes of the problem. If the Eastern and Western (Latin) traditions were identical, then there would have been no reason for raising the question in the first place. The second issue concerns the actual pastoral problems directly affecting those faithful who are displaced from their native territories and find themselves in the diaspora. The third issue is related to the source of the right of Eastern Catholics to proper pastoral care flowing from their legitimate ascription to a Church sui iuris. The fourth issue involves the proper authorities who have the primary obligation to provide pastoral care for the faithful. It includes the highly debated question of the jurisdiction of the patriarch or archieparch over their faithful who live outside their historical territory. The fifth issue concerns appropriate pastoral approaches to problems faced today by Eastern Catholics in the diaspora. Our study is divided into five chapters corresponding to the five issues mentioned above. Thus, the first chapter deals with the historical origins of the Eastern Catholic Churches. In the second and third chapters we examine the current pastoral problems of the Eastern Catholic faithful in the diaspora and their right to appropriate pastoral care in virtue of their ascription to a particular sui iuris Church. Historical evidence indicates that the Church has always demonstrated its pastoral solicitude toward migrants and displaced people. This is evident in the Church's documents and papal teachings. An analysis of these ecclesiastical documents is the thrust of the fourth chapter. In the final chapter we address some issues of practical and pastoral importance related to Eastern Catholics living in the diaspora. Also included in this final chapter is an analysis of the results of a questionnaire we sent out to selected arch/dioceses in the United States and Canada. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
CollectionTh├Ęses, 1910 - 2010 // Theses, 1910 - 2010
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