There was a time in the history of the Church in America that Eastern-rite Catholics were regarded with some suspicion by the dominant Latin-rite Catholic Church. They were forbidden to continue their tradition of allowing married men to be ordained to the priesthood, and Eastern-rite churches were expected to follow certain liturgical norms, including the installation of kneelers. (Traditionally, Eastern-rite Catholics stand during a good part of the liturgy, even during the consecration).
The demands led many Eastern Catholics in the United States to leave for the Orthodox Church.
But one of the documents of the Second Vatican Council, Orientalium Ecclesiarum, called upon Eastern...READ MORE