Dating polish priest
In the case of the Ukranian Catholic Church, priests’ sons often became priests themselves.
They married within their social circle and so a cast was formed.
Even today most priests come from families of priests, although it is not anything like what it used to be in the middle ages. This is just another way to refer to the Eastern European. Before we delve into that, let me just warn you that not all Ukrainians are even aware of it. If an when they go they don’t really mind whether it is Russian Orthodox or Aurocephalous.
This makes it quite hard to make an accurate estimate of how many people belong to each of these churches.
Then, shortly after, a power struggle within the Russian Orthodox church led to a schism (separation).
During the middle ages, the state of Kievan Rus existed in these lands.
Originally, the Rus’ people were pagans and they remained pagans for longer than other peoples in the region.
These churches are also called Eastern Catholic Churches, Oriental Catholic Churches, Eastern-rite Catholic Churches, or Uniate Churches. It means that the church was formed after an between a part of the Ruthenian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. That is what happened when those 16th-century priests decided they have had enough of the Orthodox life under Polish rule.
The Ukranian Uniate Church is technically a Catholic church although it doesn’t necessarily look or feel like one. This is a relic from Orthodoxy, where the same rule applies.