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The average age of lay people is 70 or the average age of its priests?
I would say that St. Barbara's is the youngest average age of people of the three EC parishes I've seen. We have a few families with kids that show up regularly. Second would be Holy Trinity Melkite in Zanesville, OH, and third would be St. Michael's in Plainesville.
Wow. Before long they'll be defunct by attrition.
Some might but let's hope not. There is a place for the Eastern Catholic church and spirituality in this country, I think.
And yes, that includes the tradition of ordaining married people.
Twenty years ago, there were about 500,000 Eastern Catholics in the U.S. Today it's probably about half that due to attrition.
Had it not been for celibacy, there would be close to 1 million Eastern Catholics today because Rome's outlawing of married clergy in North America resulted in the loss of over half to the Eastern Orthodox.
The Orthodox Church in America, American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese and Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA mostly were formed as a result of schisms from the Catholic Church.