Bela Taraseiskey, Church of Holy Spirit ©2006, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 24 inches
Eastern Catholicism, or Eastern Orthodox Christian Church, broke from the Roman Catholic Church. There were conflicts and disagreements that were partly political, partly racial, and partly religious. Finally, in approximately 1054 A.D., the conflict resulted in a break that has been mended. The Eastern Churches have no Pope.
The differences: The Roman Catholics have concentrated upon the salvation available through the death of Jesus, while Eastern Catholics have been far more interested in His divine human nature.
Roman Catholics have been occupied with winning salvation for the next life, but Eastern Orthodox Catholics have sought a spiritual rebirth in this life, more so than any other Christians.