Our Beliefs

Our beliefs are of the Catholic tradition. The Old Catholic Church split from the Roman Catholic Church over Papal Infallibility in the late 1800s. We view the Pope as the Bishop of Rome, not the head of the Church.

Statement of Beliefs

Origin

We believe that the Catholic (literally, “Universal”) Church was founded by Jesus Christ around 30 AD with an ecclesiastical hierarchy of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons beginning with the Apostles.

We recognize the Early Church Fathers and their writings.

We believe the Catholic Church is the same United Church the has been in existence for the past 2000 years.

Doctrines

We believe God is the Trinitarian Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in 7 Sacraments (direct bestowals of God’s Grace through physical means) Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation, Reconciliation (Confession), Holy Orders, Holy Matrimony and Anointing of the Sick. We believe that we are Justified by Grace alone & Saved by Christ Alone – and our justification is made perfect and complete through works – both acting together.

We believe Sacred Scripture contains 73 books and are supernaturally inspired.

We believe both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition make up equal halves of God’s Word.

We believe we are united to the mystical body of Christ in Baptism expressed through the Eucharist, and unified as the Catholic Church through the bonds of Apostolic Succession. It is not necessary to follow the Pope as the head of the Church to be Catholic.

Theological Beliefs

We believe Man was created by God with a soul.

We believe that Adam was the first man.

We view the theory of Evolution as possible and not discounted, but directed by God if proven to be true.

We believe in Original Sin and mankind’s fallen state necessitating redemption.

We believe Original Sin creates human concupiscence (the tendency toward evil).

We believe personal sin exists in two forms; Mortal Sin which destroys sanctifying grace in a person’s soul and Venial Sin which weakens a person’s faith and increases temptation.

We believe Sanctifying Grace is brought through Baptism, which purifies a person’s soul and forgives ALL sin, making the person a child of God.

We believe baptism is necessary to purge original sin but does not make one perfect leaving the person open to sinning against in the future.

We also believe that those not baptized but the desire to do what is right are admitted baptism by desire and can obtain salvation.

We believe the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) forgives mortal and venial personal sins and restores sanctifying grace lost through mortal sin.

We believe the Eucharist is the true presence of Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity under the appearance of bread and wine.

We believe in Confirmation the confirmed person receives the Holy Spirit through the sacrament and is more perfectly united with Christ as a faithful believer.

We believe the Anointing of the Sick was instituted by Christ to confer a special grace for the sick and aging.

We believe Holy Matrimony is a sacrament between two baptized Christians. We believe this is open to both “traditional” and same-sex couples, uniting them in one flesh to live a more unified Christian life in God’s Grace. This has the same spiritual ‘effect’ regardless of state laws on marriage.