posted on Jun, 11 2012 @ 09:15 PM
reply to post by charles1952
No, I am not Maronite, and while not an expert on the Maronites, I think I understand them better than the Average Joe Catholic. I count a few
Maronite clerics as friends, have a copy of one of their seasonal Liturgies, and have attended the Maronite Liturgy several dozen times.
There is a Maronite parish in my area, and I typically go there once a year. The easiest explanation is that Maronites are Lebanese Catholics. Most
of the Eastern Catholic Rites have an Orthodox counterpart:
Melkite Catholic - Antiochian Orthodox
Ukrainian Catholic - Ukrainian Orthodox
...and so forth...
The Maronite Church is one of the few (only?) Rites in the Catholic Church (22-23 in all) that does not have an Orthodox counterpart, as the Maronites
have been ever loyal to Rome.
I would dispute the statement that Maronite theology is different from the Latin (Roman) theology. I would say rather that their religious discipline