One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
- ‘The Eastern Orthodox church is the dominant religion; only about 1.5 percent of the population is Muslim, and a small percentage is Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic, or Jewish.’
- ‘Other faiths include Judaism, Greek Catholic, and Orthodox.’
- ‘It is home to Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox and Greek Catholics where, in a rare case of ecumenical co-operation, three priests work closely together.’
- ‘The top three sects on the Christian sign, the Maronite Catholics with 34 reserved seats, the Greek Orthodox followed by it Greek Catholics.’
- ‘The vast majority of Lebanese Christians in America belong to one of three Eastern-rite Christian churches: the Maronite, the Eastern Orthodox, and the Melkite / Greek Catholic.’
2A Uniate member of a church observing the Greek rite.
- ‘Upon arrival, Carpatho-Rusyns were all Byzantine Rite Catholics, or Greek Catholics; that is, adherents of a church that followed Orthodox ritual but was jurisdictionally united with the Roman Catholic church.’
- ‘Not a few returned to the newly legal, once dissident Orthodox and the Greek Catholic churches of Western Ukraine or to the Roman Catholic of Belarus.’
- ‘The Uniates or Greek Catholics of the Ukraine, who acknowledged the supremacy of Rome, were dragged back to Orthodoxy in a campaign of 1827-39.’
- ‘The same thing is true in Ukraine. These people, the Greek Catholics, have been in the Catholic church since 1596, and want to remain there.’
- ‘There are smaller numbers of Greek Catholics, Roman Catholics, and Protestants.’
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