Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do you consider yourself Roman Catholic?

Do you have open communion?
Yes, all are welcome to our table.

So how are you different than Roman Church?
We are radically different as follows:

  • Power/decision-making: congregational model
  • Bishop, elected (presiding model)
  • Priesthood, (married/women/GLBT)
  • Full sacramental participation by all
  • GLBT, fully-inclusive; gay marriage
  • Family planning
  • Disagreement regarding the absolute authority of the Pope
  • Full implementation of Vatican II
  • Respect and value of individual conscience
  • Novus Ordo, Roman Missal, 2nd Edition

How are you similar to the Roman church?
We share the following beliefs with the Roman Church:

  • Radical monotheism of God
  • Apostolic Succession
  • Contemporary biblical form criticism
  • Nicene Creed
  • Salvific Act of Christ
  • Economy (i.e., plan) of salvation
  • Ecclesiology
  • Marian theology
  • Seven Sacraments

What is your position on other issues that often exclude people from the Roman Catholic Church?

Women Clergy: We embrace the wonderful gifts of women. While in Spring 2011, the Roman Church removed an Australian Bishop for daring to even entertain questions regarding women’s ordination, we welcome the movement of God in the ordained ministry of women.

Married Clergy: We welcome married clergy knowing that their lived experience provides an invaluable gift for ministry. The Roman Church has forever closed the option of married clergy with its claim of divine intention and tradition.

Divorce and Remarriage: We empathize with the pain of a failed marriage and receive our divorced and remarried brothers and sisters as full members into our Church. The Roman Church maintains that marriage is indissoluble.

Family Planning: We support a couple’s decision regarding family planning believing that they are in the best position to decide their most appropriate option. The Roman Church only permits natural family planning.

Gays and Lesbians: We affirm the dignity and worth of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons recognizing in them unique gifts particular to our time. We are honored to officiate at sacramental gay marriages. The Roman Church teaches that homosexuality is “objectively disordered” and all same-sex acts as sinful.