Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

MELKITES

Byzantine Christians descended from those who remained faithful to the Council of Chalcedon (451) when large numbers in the Near East accepted the Monophysite heresy. They gradually became dependent on the Patriarch of Constantinople and joined him in the Greek Schism in the ninth to the eleventh centuries. They were reunited with Rome in the eighteenth century under the Patriarch Cyril VI, who, with his successors, represents the original episcopal line of Antioch. Since the twelfth century they have followed the Byzantine Rite, mainly in the Arabic language.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Our Spiritual Destiny and the Horror of War September 19
The Islamic roots of terrorism must be addressed September 19
Each of us is destined to marry Jesus Christ September 18
From simple husband to ascetical priest September 18
St. Augustine's warning to pastors September 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - September 18