Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism

Questions and Answers about the Orthodox Faith and the Roman Catholic Faith


What is the OCA’s view of stigmata or other modern manifestations of Jesus or Mary? I would appreciate both a theological answer, and official Church position, if there is one.


The Roman Catholic Pope recently proclaimed “indulgences” as a means to hasten entry into heaven (at least according to what I read in the popular press).

Does Orthodoxy share this belief or one similar to it? If…

The Perpetual Virginity of Mary

The Bible refers to Jesus as having “brothers”—e.g., “He was still addressing the crowds when His mother and His brothers appeared outside to speak with Him.”

Saint Jerome (the translator of the Bible into the…


I was wondering if you could please help me with a question.

Orthodox obviously do not believe in the infallibility of the Bishop (Pope) of Rome. However, is it true that Orthodox believe that infallibility resides…

Sacrifice of the Mass

What is the Orthodox belief regarding the “Sacrifice of the Mass?” Is it the same as Roman Catholicism or different? Could you please explain the similarities and differences? Thank you.

The Rosary

Do the Orthodox pray the rosary and use rosary beads?

Validity of Roman Catholic Orders

What is the current view of the OCA on the validity of Roman Catholic orders?

Does the Church believe that the body and blood of Christ are in the Roman Catholic Eucharist as it is in the Orthodox Eucharist?


The Word ‘Uniate’

I edit crossword puzzles. Within the last two years, someone complained that I had permitted the answer word UNIAT (or UNIATE) in a puzzle. The complaint said that the term is now considered to have a negative, even…

Western Rite Parishes

I am curious about the western rite within Orthodoxy and the position of the OCA in regards to it. Are the western rite parishes in full “communion” with other Orthodox and are they able to concelebrate, etc?


Communion in Roman Catholic Church

As a Greek Orthodox may I receive the sacrament of Holy Communion in a Catholic Church. Do you know the rules regarding Greek Orthodox and Catholic relations? I live in an area where the closest church is a Roman…

Orthodox Influences on Roman Catholicism

I was wondering. Very often we hear of the influences of Roman Catholicism on the Orthodox. The question I would like to ask is, What effects has Orthodoxy had on the Roman Catholic Church in the 20th century?

The Pope & Christian Unity

I was raised in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. For the past 4 years I have attended a Roman Catholic Church. I found the people in the Orthodox Church to worship Ukraine more then God. I believe within the Catholic…

‘Catholic’ and ‘Orthodox’

Is it correct to use the word “catholic” when we say “we believe in one holy, catholic, and apostolic church”?

I know catholic means also universal, united, etc., but in Romanian (which is my native language), we…