From a reader:
Are ALL Catholics, (Eastern Rite Church) considered Roman Catholics? Or do they go by the name of the rite, like Maronite Rite Catholics? Had to answer this question in school, and didn’t know the difference.
I am not an Eastern Church priest and so I am not well-versed in what they say about themselves. I believe that they go by “Maronite Catholic”, “Ukrainian Catholic” and so forth.
They are all “Roman” in the strict sense that they all are in union with the Roman Pontiff, that is to say, they are not allied with Orthodox Churches. However, even though they are with the Roman Pontiff, I do not believe they would ever want to be called “Roman” Catholic as if they were subjects of the Latin Church and used the Roman Rite. They have their own identity in their Churches.
Perhaps some Eastern Catholic readers can jump in with their observations.