Catholicism is the largest branch of Christianity with 1.329 billion and the Catholic Church is the largest among churches. Figures below are in accordance with the Annuario Pontificio, at 2018. The total figure does not include independent Catholic denominations (18 million). Latin Church – 1.311 billion Eastern Catholic Churches – 18 million
In Canada, several other ecclesiastical circumscriptions of the Eastern Catholic Churches are present, in addition to the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchies. The jurisdiction of these other ecclesiastical circumscriptions covers either the entire territory of Canada or, in some cases, Canada and the United States of America.
The Eastern-Rite Catholics organized under the Congregation for the Eastern Catholic Churches (within the Roman curia). The Dictionary of Christianity in America (1990) on page 374, states, “In the U.S. there are Armenians, Chaldeans, Italo-Greeks, Maronites, Melkites, Romanians, Syrians, Russian and Ruthenian or Ukrainian Catholics.
The following is a list of bishops of the Catholic Church in the United States, including its five overseas dependencies.The U.S. Catholic Church comprises 176 Latin Church dioceses and 18 Eastern Catholic eparchies (led by diocesan bishops or eparchs), the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter.
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The Eastern Catholic Churches or Oriental Catholic Churches, also called the Eastern-rite Catholic Churches, and in some historical cases Uniate Churches, are twenty-three Eastern Christian particular churches sui iuris in full communion with the Pope in Rome, as part of the worldwide Catholic Church.
This list of the Catholic dioceses and archdioceses of the United States which includes both the dioceses of the Latin Church, which employ the Latin liturgical rites, and various other dioceses, primarily the eparchies of the Eastern Catholic Churches, which employ various Eastern Christian rites, and which are in full communion with the Pope in Rome.
- II. Catalogue of The Eastern Churches.
- III. Characteristics of The Schismatical Eastern Churches.
- IV. Rome and The Eastern Churches.
—It is now possible to draw up the list of bodies that answer to our definition. We have already noted that they are by no means all in communion with each other, nor have they any common basis of language, rite, or faith. All are covered by a division into the great Orthodox Church, those formed by the Nestorian and Monophysite heresies (the original Monotheletes are now all Uniats), and lastly the Uniat Churches corresponding in each case to a schismatical body. Theologically, to Catholics, the vital distinction is between Catholic Uniats, on the one hand, and schismatics or heretics, on the other. But it is not convenient to start from this basis in cataloguing Eastern Churches. Historically and archaeologically, it is a secondary question. Each Uniat body has been formed from one of the schismatical ones; their organizations are comparatively late, dating in most cases from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Moreover, although all these Uniats of course agree in the same C...
—Although these Churches have no communion among themselves, and although many of them are bitterly opposed to the others, there are certain broad lines in which they may be classed together and contrasted with the West. The first of these is their national feeling. In all these groups the Church is the nation; the vehement and often intolerant ardor of what seems to be their religious conviction is always really national pride and national loyalty under the guise of theology. This strong national feeling is the natural result of their political circumstances. For centuries, since the first ages, various nations have lived side by side and have carried on bitter opposition against each other in the Levant. Syria, Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Balkans have never had one homogeneous population speaking one language. From the beginning, nationality in these parts has been a question not of the soil, but of a community held together by its language, striving for supremacy with other commu...
—The attempts at reunion date from after the schism of Michael Caerularius (1054). Before that Rome was little concerned about the older Nestorian and Monophysite schisms. The conversion of these people might well be left to their neighbors, the Catholics of the Eastern Empire. Naturally, in those days the Greeks set about this conversion in the most disastrous way conceivable. It was the Government of Constantinople that tried to convert them back along the most impossible line, by destroying their nationality and centralizing them under the patriarch of the imperial city. And the means used were, frankly and crudely, persecution. Monophysite conventicles were broken up by imperial soldiers, Monophysite bishops banished or executed. Of course this confirmed their hatred of Caesar and Caesar’s religion. The East, before as well as after the great schism, did nothing towards pacifying the schismatics at its gates. Only quite lately has Russia taken a more reasonable and conciliatory...
The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is the largest Eastern Catholic Church in the world. Currently it has approximately 4.1 million members.  Within Ukraine itself, the UGCC is the second largest religious organization in terms of number of communities within the Catholic church.
The apostolic exarchate for the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in the United States is headed by a bishop who is a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. An apostolic exarchate is the Eastern Catholic Church equivalent of an apostolic vicariate.
Dec 10, 2011 · The Eastern Churches in the US now have many former Latin (Roman Rite) Catholics in their folds (as well as from other Christian faiths), as the understanding of the breadth of the Universal Catholic Church has increased dramatically post-Vatican II and with the strong support and encouragement of both Blessed John Paul II (who spoke of the ...