What is different between the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and the Melkite Greek Catholic Church?

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What is the difference between the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch and the Melkite Greek Catholic Church?

Answer: They are two churches but one people! The Greeks of Antioch (Levatine Rûm {Ρωμιός})!

But why are the Levatine Rûm divided into two churches?

A quick reminder: The Antioch Schism of 1724.

In 1724, under the influence of the ecclesial uniatism movement, the Levatine Rûm community was divided into two distinct and conflicting parties.

One faction of the faithful leaned towards Constantinople (the Aleppines), while the other faction leaned towards Rome (the Damascians). When the Patriarch of Antioch was elected in 1724, a controversy developed over the results.

Fearing for the preservation of orthodoxy and their identity, the parishioners and bishops of Aleppo appealed to the Phanar, who appointed a Roma-minded patriarch, Sylvestros the Cypriot.

The defeat of the Damascus candidate Kyrillos VI Tanas by Sylvestros resulted in a double line of patriarchs, one Rum-Orthodox and the other Rum-Catholic Christians, whose Rum-Catholic Patriarchs were forced to reside in Lebanon under the protection of the local emirs.

By Antiochian-Greek.

READ MORE: Hero of Syro-Hellenism: Antiochus III the Great.



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