We are ‘c’atholic and ‘C’atholic in the truest sense of the word, and share our history with other Catholic jurisdictions; some of our lineage is even derived from the church under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rome (Pope).
- broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal.
- universal in extent; involving all; of interest to all.
- pertaining to the whole Christian body or church.Tab content
- (from Greek katholikos, “universal”), the characteristic that, according to ecclesiastical writers since the 2nd century, distinguished the Christian Church at large from local communities or from heretical and schismatic sects. A notable exposition of the term as it had developed during the first three centuries of Christianity was given by St. Cyril of Jerusalem in his Catecheses (348): the church is called catholic on the ground of its worldwide extension, its doctrinal completeness, its adaptation to the needs of men of every kind, and its moral and spiritual perfection.
- of or pertaining to a Catholic church, especially the Roman Catholic Church.
- (among Roman Catholics) claiming to possess exclusively the notes or characteristics of the one, only, true, and universal church having unity, visibility, indefectibility, apostolic succession, universality, and sanctity: used in this sense, with these qualifications, only by the Church of Rome, as applicable only to itself and its adherents and to their faith and organization; often qualified, especially by those not acknowledging these claims, by prefixing the word Roman.
- (among Anglo-Catholics) noting or pertaining to the conception of the church as the body representing the ancient undivided Christian witness, comprising all the orthodox churches that have kept the apostolic succession of bishops, and including the Anglican Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, Church of Sweden, the Old Catholic Church (in the Netherlands and elsewhere), etc.
- pertaining to the Western Church.
You, like many others, are probably surprised to learn that there are “other” Catholic jurisdictions. In fact, within the Catholic tradition that broke away from the Universal Church in 1133 (Concordat of Worms), there are 6 Rites and 24 Churches (https://media.ascensionpress.com/2019/01/21/the-other-23-catholic-churches-and-why-they-exist/).
Much like there are several branches of Episcopal churches (Anglican and non-Anglican (hotly debated due to LGBTQ and other issues)), there is a whole other branch of the Universal Church that has established ties to traditions that predate the Roman schism, as well as to the Roman church itself. The Pastoral Center at Sacred Wandering, and the Church under which we receive our Sacramental Authority (NACEC), exists under the universal (catholic with a small ‘c’) church from which Rome separated in the 1100’s. Some of the Episcopal Lineage of our Presiding Bishop is even derived from past Roman bishops (Duarte, Villate, et al).
Being Catholic today means many things, but most importantly it continues to represent the faith community of Christians who identify with the celebration of the sacraments and its rich tradition of symbols and metaphors. Contemporary Catholics is a term which best describes those who continue to search for a non-judgmental, sacramental experience different from that offered by the church under the Bishop of Rome; different in terms of being non-judgmental, open to all people, and truly living the commitment of Jesus’s teachings.
We are a living and breathing faith community on a journey, a people with a shared mission. We hope your life will be enriched through the Celebration of life, so that together we can bring hope and healing to a world in these trying times.