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About Our Church

Hello and Welcome 

The Catholic Church of America is a growing community of Christians comprising an autocephalous otherwise known as a "self-governing" Catholic Church. We are one of more than 100 Autocephalous Catholic Churches worldwide. We are a community of faith which finds unity in the recognition and celebration of the diversity we have. We are an eclectic group of believers who know we will never have all the answers, but take great delight in asking the questions. We welcome all people, regardless of their marital status or sexual orientation, to participation in the life and Sacraments of the Church; asking only moral conduct which is appropriate for all Christians.  The call to be a Christian entails moral and ethical behavior which flows from a conscience informed by prayer and study. It is, the Church's function to offer instruction and guidance in a Christian way of life so that those whom He calls may lead lives in imitation of Christ out of Love for God and not from fear of damnation nor from censure by their sisters and brothers (cf. Matthew 7:1-5; John 8:7, et al.).

What is the Local Church? This is a very good question, one in which there is a lot of misunderstanding. The Church is the Assembly of the People of God for the celebration of the Mystery of the Eucharist, wherein the local Church actually becomes and is revealed as the Body of Christ, as a Theandric organism, in which the Holy Trinity dwells.  (Cf. Ephesians 4:5-6 and I Corinthians 10:15-16; Concerning the Ecclesiastical and Sacramental Assembly and the Meaning of the Body of Christ.)

You can read more about our history by visiting our web pages: A Short History Overview, Old Catholic Resources, and A Historical Article. As part of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, we reach out to other "self-governing" churches through our inter-communion efforts as we build up the Body of Christ.

 We are an Open and Affirming Community of Faith.  We reach out equally to the GLBT Community and those who are divorced and remarried including those with a Roman Catholic (Western - Latin Rite), Anglican, Lutheran, and Orthodox and other faith traditions, the unchurched and all in search of God.

 

LITURGY

Liturgical worship, especially the Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist (i.e. the Holy Mass) is celebrated in several Rites depending on the needs and desires of the local community. We believe that Christ calls each of us as a free gift of Grace to be equal members of His Mystical Body. We welcome to the Lord's Table all baptized Christians who approach it reverently, regardless of their current ecclesiastical affiliation. Divorce and remarriage are not impediments to the reception of the Holy Eucharist (see Matthew 10:8). 

 

MARRIAGE  

We minister to those making commitments for life to each other in Matrimony; for both heterosexual and homosexual couples.  We believe love between two people is a gift from God. We believe that the commitment in love between two people should also be blessed by God through the ministry of the Church irrespective of their orientation. It is good and proper for the Church to recognize this reality in public and witness the bond of love.  Trgitly, marriages end through divorce. Although divorce is not, generally, an impediment to remarriage in the Church and does not bar one from the reception of the Sacraments.  (see Matthew 10:8).

 

ADMISSION TO HOLY ORDERS

For details on incardination of Clergy and admission of candidates for Holy Orders please contact the us.

 


RELATIONS WITH OTHER CHURCHES

We welcome all who come to us in the Name of the Lord. We believe that all communities of faith honor and worship the one God. We extend to them the warmest of bonds of Love and Fellowship. They are our brothers and sisters in the one common God. (cf. Mark 9:40)  We also actively seek out other church bodies who seek closer ties as we work together in the vineyard of the Lord.

 

PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION

All people sin. Sin is a sad but inherent part of a human nature which has yet to fully align itself with the Will of God. As sinners we recognize the need for conversion of heart and reordering of our lives; but also trust in the infinite love and forgiveness of our Lord. Reconciliation is the great Sacrament by which those who have wandered on paths which lead astray are reunited and reconciled to the Lord and God's People. Though not required, Private Confession is available from any priest by request. General Sacramental Absolution is granted to all present during the penitential rite of every Mass.

 

Statement of Sexual Misconduct

The purpose of this policy is to articulate the Catholic Church of America's abhorrence to sexual misconduct on the part of any clergy, or any person acting under the mantel of authority, of the Catholic Church of America, and to delineate a process to permit any person who believes they have been a victim of sexual misconduct to report this information to law enforcement or any agency as deemed necessary.  The Catholic Church of America expressly prohibits any misconduct on the part of our clergy or any person using the mantel of authority of the Church. [Please see the complete statement here.]

In Conclusion

We hope this has helped you in your understanding of our Church. Please visit our other web pages or call us to learn more of who we are and of our ministries.

 

 

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