Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Eastern Catholic bishops meet in St. Louis

(Eparchy of St. George) - Between March 5-7, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri, Bishop John Michael Botean participated at the Eastern Catholic Associates (ECA) meeting, the national organization of Eastern Catholic bishops in the United States.

This gathering hosted by Bishop Elias Zaidan at the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon and lead by the current president of ECA, Bishop Kurt Burnette, Bishop of the Ruthenian Eparchy of Passaic, NJ was an appropriate time to discuss issues and projects pertinent to the Eastern Catholic bishops’ activity in the U.S. territory.


  1. Ethno-nationalist dioceses.

    The hierarchies of the various Churches remain perplexed by the New World.

    1. Well, some of them make sense. You can't have a Romanian bishop administrating Maronites. And as far as Rusyns, there's a lot of history there with Ukrainian administrations in the past.

    2. Except the Americas aren't Romania or Lebanon or Russia. This only makes sense if you believe people can carry their nations and associated hierarchies with them wherever they go. Maybe they can, but we are repeatedly told this is uncanonical, heretical, sinful, etc.

    3. These aren’t even the same ritual churches...

  2. I know they're not, and the division goes beyond that. They are parallel hierarchies based on ancestry occupying the same territory which we are told in theological terms is not possible. There is probably a way out of the quandary but not in the way the issue has been framed to date.