What Do Old Catholics Believe (Part 4)

We believe that celibacy for those in Holy Orders is a personal decision and voluntary, not required.

We believe that the practice of confession of sins before the congregation or a Priest is a Sacrament that has been passed down to us by the Catholic Church, but it is not required.

We believe that the doctrines of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a new teaching that has crept into the church and is not the product of the Catholic Church, neither does it reflect the teaching of the Catholic Church; therefore, it is a new idea that crept into the church and is neither binding on the Catholic Church to observe, nor is it binding on any person in to accept.

We believe that the doctrine of the infallibility of the Bishop of Rome is a new teaching that has crept into the church and is not the product of the Catholic Church, neither does it reflect the teaching of the Catholic Church; therefore, it is a new idea that crept into the church and is neither binding on the Catholic Church to observe, nor is it binding on any person in to accept.

We believe that the pope, as Bishop of Rome, is an heir to the apostolic authority and ministry of the Apostles; therefore, the Bishop of Rome is respected.

We believe that all Bishops hold an equal apostolic calling and authority and no one See is above in authority over any other.

We believe that the idea that the Bishop of Rome is the ruler of the church is not in keeping with the Catholic Church, but it is a new idea that crept into the church and is neither binding on the Catholic Church to observe, nor is it binding on any person in to accept.

We believe that the use of “Catholic” for only those who are in full communion with the Bishop of Rome as ruler of the church is not in keeping with the Catholic Church, the Seven Ecumenical Councils, Holy Tradition, or Scripture of the Catholic Church. Therefore, it is a new idea that crept into the church and is neither binding on the Catholic Church to observe, nor is it binding on any person in to accept.

We believe that marriage is a Sacrament, but divorce and remarriage are realities. We do not believe that divorce is the “unforgivable sin,” neither do we believe that divorce should bar anyone from the ministry and Sacraments of the church.

We believe contraception is a personal decision.

We believe in teaching what the whole church has always taught everywhere. We do not teach theological speculation, new and controversial doctrines, neither do we believe in debating or arguing them with anyone.

We believe that the church cannot compel anyone to believe anything and that it is not the role of the church to impose “faith” on anyone, in and out of the church.

We believe the role of the clergy is to guide morality and faith by being examples, not by being authoritarians–the clergy serves the church, they do not impose their will on it.

We believe that the Catholic Church combats unbelief and religious indifference by faithfully professing the doctrine of Jesus Christ, by refusing to admit human error into the teaching of the Catholic Church, by weeding out any abuses of the church, and by the clergy living simple lives of faith that serve as examples to others.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: