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This room is for discussion for anyone who adheres to the Extraordinary form of the mass and any issues related to the practices of Eastern Rite Catholicism.

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Nov 25th 2012 new

(Quote) John-220051 said: Yes. But the average age of Byzantine-rite Catholic parishes is over 70. Most of the youth has been lost ...
(Quote) John-220051 said: Yes. But the average age of Byzantine-rite Catholic parishes is over 70. Most of the youth has been lost to secularism, to the Roman Church or to the Orthodox Church.
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The average age of lay people is 70 or the average age of its priests?

Nov 25th 2012 new

(Quote) John-220051 said: Yes. But the average age of Byzantine-rite Catholic parishes is over 70. Most of the youth has been lost ...
(Quote) John-220051 said: Yes. But the average age of Byzantine-rite Catholic parishes is over 70. Most of the youth has been lost to secularism, to the Roman Church or to the Orthodox Church.
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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.

Nov 26th 2012 new
Lay people.
Nov 26th 2012 new

Wow. Before long they'll be defunct by attrition.

Nov 26th 2012 new

(Quote) Eric-114571 said: Wow. Before long they'll be defunct by attrition.
(Quote) Eric-114571 said:

Wow. Before long they'll be defunct by attrition.

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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.

Nov 26th 2012 new
Except for the Ukrainians who stay alive by immigration in parts of the country.

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.
Nov 26th 2012 new
In Pa., it's not uncommon to see Orthodox Churches across the street from Byzantine Catholic Churches because the parishes split into Catholic and Orthodox factions over celibacy.
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