History and the Bible

In the first of many pre-recorded podcasts while Victor is away in Israel, co-host Jack Fowler reads off listener questions on religion and farming. Victor also gives details of his itinerary while he travels in Israel.

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  1. Charles Carroll

    Dr. Hanson asked Jack Fowler whether or not there are Catholics other than Roman Catholics. Roman Catholics belong to the Latin rite. There are 23 Eastern Rite Catholic Churches “in communion” with Rome but which are not Roman Catholics. Some of their differences include the ordination of married men to the priesthood (but not the episcopacy). They are:
    Albanian Greek Catholic Church, Antiochene Syriac Maronite Church, Armenian Catholic Church, Belarusian Greek Catholic Church, Bulgarian Greek Catholic Church, Chaldean Catholic Church, Coptic Catholic Church, Eritrean Catholic Church, Ethiopian Catholic Church, Greek Byzantine Catholic Church, Greek Catholic Church of Croatia and Serbiak, Hungarian Greek Catholic Church, Italo-Albanian Catholic Church, Macedonian Greek Catholic Church, Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Romanian Greek Catholic Church, Russian Greek Catholic Church, Ruthenian Greek Catholic Church, Slovak Greek Catholic Church, Syriac Catholic Church, Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Syro-Malankara Catholic Church and Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

    Jack also asked about the potential for American farmers to fill in the Ukranian gap on providing food to the world. I read, yesterday, that our wonderful government is pressuring our farmers NOT to grow food but, rather, energy crops — like corn for ethanol.

  2. Just to add to the prior detailed comment about non “Roman” Catholic Churches that are Catholic and in union with Rome, but have their own non-Latin Mass, rites, rituals, and practices (i.e. married priests in some cases).

    The Catholic Church does not actually refer to itself as the “Roman Catholic Church” or it’s people as “Roman Catholics” in any documents, pronouncements, or even casually. It just uses the term “Catholic”. Period.

    “Roman Catholic” actually developed as a way to take the word “catholic” away from the Catholic Church, since it is mentioned in the Creed of all Christians.

    And it was a way of also alluding somewhat more respectfully to their fidelity to the Pope, without using derogatory terms like “papists” or “popery”.

    Just wanted to detail that a bit.

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