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Catholic Word of the Day: CHALDEAN RITE, 08-12-10 ^ | 08-12-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 08/12/2010 9:09:36 AM PDT by Salvation

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The ritual and canonical tradition of Catholics in Irag and Iran, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, and Turkey. It is also called the Syro-Oriental Rite, and its adherents are former Nestorians who returned to Catholic unity in 1692. Catholics who follow the Syro-Malabarese Rite in India are also associated with the Chaldean Rite.

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
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How many readers know the number of different rites of the Catholic Church?
1 posted on 08/12/2010 9:09:43 AM PDT by Salvation
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Find your answer here:

(Cardinal) Newman on Rites and Ceremonies

2 posted on 08/12/2010 9:10:16 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Catholic Word of the Day – links will be provided later by another FReeper.


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Chaldean Rite




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3 posted on 08/12/2010 9:11:43 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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I believe this is incorrect -- the Chaleans deny that their theology is Nestorian. They say that they sheltered Nestorius in the Persian Empire, but their theology is from their Catholicos Babai the Great.

I'm inclined to believe them as I personally believe that Nestorius faltered due to a slip in language and he stuck to the orthodox faith.

In any case, the Chaldean/Assyrian/Ancient Church of the East was vast in it's day -- it had converts as far as India and Mongolia

One of the Mongol tribes, the Naiman, were Chaldean Christians and remained so until the 15th century when they became Muslim and were subsumed into the Kazakh Turkic identity. The Nestorian wife of Hulagu Khan the grandson of GEnghis Khan moved him to destroying Baghdad in the 13th century AD

The Assyrian Church also has had the most martyrs as it's land was squarely in Muslim territory and it has been persecuted continuously -- initially it flourished in the Persian Empire while the Roman Empire persecuted Christianity, but when the Roman Empire became Christian and especially when a Roman Emperor wrote to the Shahenshah of Persia to look after the Christians in the Persian Empire, that caused the Zoroastrian persecution of Christians which lasted until the Muslim invasion. After the Muslim invasion, the Church flourished again for a while but then was persecuted once more under the Turkic rulers, had a reprieve under the Mongols and then was nearly destroyed by that blood-thirsty madman, Timur-i-lang (Tamerlane or Timur the lame).
4 posted on 08/12/2010 10:30:13 AM PDT by Cronos (Omnia mutantur, nihil interit. "Allah": Satan's current status)
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Check the rites thread link I posted above. It has Chaldean on it.

5 posted on 08/12/2010 3:11:27 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Thank you!

And thanks for posting this -- I starting reading in more depth about the CAtholicos of the Chaldean Church and found some interesting notes from Wikipedia:

on Catholicos Hnanisho I (686-98)
When ʿAbd al-Malik, son of Marwan, the king of the Arabs arrived in the land of Senʿar [Babylonia], Hnanishoʿ came to meet him and offered him the usual presents. The king said, 'Tell me, catholicus, what do you think of the religion of the Arabs?' The catholicus, who was always prone to give hasty answers, replied, 'It is a kingdom founded by the sword; and not, like the Christian faith and the old faith of Moses, a faith that is confirmed by divine miracles.'

6 posted on 08/12/2010 10:20:51 PM PDT by Cronos (Omnia mutantur, nihil interit. "Allah": Satan's current status)
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