An Ancient and Modern Ethno-Religious Minority

The historic representative of over 400 million people worldwide, the Stato Pontificio Imperiale Romano-Ruteno, United Roman-Ruthenian Church, and its various components that comprise the modern expression of ancient orthodox and catholic religion is now a worldwide ethno-religious minority. Its ethnic roots are Latin, Germanic, Central European, and Eastern European. Both its Roman and Slavic aspects constitute a "BIPOC" ethnicity (see also here). Its religious roots are Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Gallican, Syrian, Anthioch, Chaldean, and Armenian. Diverse ancient ethnic and religious lines converge to create a unique community today. In terms of modern countries, it is associated primarily (though not exclusively) with the heritage of Italy, Spain, Germany, Russia, Greece, Syria, and Armenia. It is an indigenous population in the various areas around the world associated with its heritage.

According to the sociologist Louis Wirth (1945), a minority group can be defined as “any group of people who, because of their physical or cultural characteristics, are singled out from the others in the society in which they live for differential and unequal treatment, and who therefore regard themselves as objects of collective discrimination.” Unfortunately as is so often seen today, the concept of "minority" status is associated with subordination and discrimination. In many cases, minorities are small groups. One indeed need not be a numerical minority, for there are examples of large groups that are nevertheless supressed or exploited by those currently in power.

Today the members of the various parts of the United Roman-Ruthenian Church move forward in faith to preserve their heritage and religion, both for the benefit of the world today and for future generations. As an organisation and as an ecclesiastical government, the Church works to end discriminatory and exploitative practices against all marginalised populations around the world.