A home for hungry minds and souls,
Wherever you are on your spiritual journey,
committed or simply curious,
You are welcome here.

100% Catholic – 0% Roman Catholic

Welcome to a Catholic church that seeks to orient the early Christian church. The first thing you may notice is that we are neither immutable nor rigid, but open to renewing the spiritual and religious life. The church isn't blind to the world, culture and the questions of today.

The Contemporary Catholic Church finds its roots in the tradition of the Old Catholic Church, a network of  autonomous churches brought together in the Union of Utrecht (1889) after their break from the Roman Church because of innovations introduced by that church. Many also trace their origin from the many ethnic Eastern (Oriental) Catholic Churches which separated from the Church of Rome by the schism of 1054.

 The Christian church was called “catholic” because, first, it was not intended to be confined to one place, time or nation, and, secondly, because it was meant to comprise and embrace all correct teaching received by it from the Apostles and to be preserved by the Church for all times. Today, the word “orthodox” meaning correct teachings is often placed before the word “catholic” to distinguish those churches which have held that which has been believed everywhere, always and by all, from the Roman Catholic Church, which they feel has deviated from the true teachings.

 

We are an autocephous rite

We are not an "independent "church; we are an autocephalous rite within the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We have a very specific mission and witness to the traditions pursued in a traditionalist yet Contemporary Catholic and paleo-Orthodox context. Where possible, this tradition is pursued in full cooperation with and alongside fellow believers wherever they may be found.

We believe we are neither heretical nor schismatic under Roman Catholic canon law, and pray that at some point in the future "all may be as one." Until then, some measure of separation from our Roman Catholic brethren, though not in any of the essentials of the Catholic faith, is a necessary burden that we are prepared to bear.

Practices in the Contemporary Catholic Church

Open Eucharist

 Everyone, without any restrictions, are welcome to receive communion in the CCC. Scripture teaches us that Jesus' table fellowship was predominantly with those society deemed "religious outsiders"; he ate and drank in many people's homes and those who experienced this fellowship often underwent profound transformation. The Contemporary Catholic church embraces an "open table" policy which we believe stands in the tradtion of Jesus' radical practice of fellowship with the outcast and outsider. All are welcome to receive communion, whether you are divorced, a child, identify with another faith tradition, are a "seeker", a "doubter", a "believer" or questioning. All we ask is that people bring themselves as they are, and be willing to open their hearts to the love of God as shown in Christ's life.

Social Issues

The Contemporary Catholic Church doesn't see divorce, abortion, birth control, or sexuality as issues of faith, but matters of personal conscience. Therefore, we do not issue opinions on any of these issues, but allow each individual to seek their own path in the journey to God.

Female Priests

The first women priest in the CCC was ordained to the Diaconate of June 24,1999 and to the Priesthood on July 22, 1999. Like many other Old Catholic and Independent Catholic Churches we could find no theological or scriptural reasons for not ordaining women who had the necessary education and training. 

Dr. Joan Morris, an historian, found that several Popes in the medieval times permitted the ordination and consecration of women. Dr. Ilda Raming, another historical scholar, found that the ecclesiastical law restricting ordination baptized males was based on forgeries, mistaken identities and suppression of historical facts by male-centred curia in Rome.

Personal search for truth


The French philosopher Albert Camus said that he resolved that line between rebellion and reform when he realized he was free and then acted like it.  From then on, he was defined by what he was for rather than by what he was against.

The Contemporary Catholic Church affirms and promotes the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We encourage the right of conscience, as manifested in justice, equity and compassion in human relations. We also uphold acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our communities.

We welcome gladly into our Church those who are still seeking for truth. As a working basis of fellowship, it asks of its members not the profession of a common belief, but their willingness to worship corporately through a common ritual within the Christian tradition.

The Contemporary Catholic Church offers a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, and tries to help us discover truth for ourselves by providing us with opportunities for spiritual growth. It asks of us sincerity, purity of motive, tolerance, breadth of mind, courtesy of expression, willingness towork, and a constant pursuit of high ideals - confident, above all, that the power of the Blessed Sacrament of the Christ's love may well be trusted to work God's own true purpose in our souls.

The Contemporary Catholic Church holds strongly that religion should provide a workable and progressively uplifting philosophy of life, and belief should be the result of individual study or intuition. Thus, there can be no authority dictating beliefs, creeds, or dogmas. In all, the individual's conscience commands supreme authority and respect. We permit and encourage freedom in the interpretation of the Creeds, Scriptures and Traditions, and of the Liturgy. The Church asks only that differences of interpretation be courteously expressed.

The Contemporary Catholic Church believes in direct experience of transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life. The living tradition which we share draws from many sources and wisdom from all the world's religions inspire us in our ethical and spiritual life. Words and deeds of prophetic women and men from many cultures challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love. Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. We encourage the study of the Bible and other sacred texts, Comparative Religion, Philosophy, Metaphysics, and other Spiritual Arts and Sciences. We also encourage the study of the Ancient Wisdom, as we believe it is shrouded in esoteric expressions of divine and eternal truths.

Our foundational values are freedom, responsibility, and covenant. This freedom carries with it responsibility to always live towards wisdom in our thoughts, words, and actions, and responsibility to live as freed beings. In the Contemporary Catholic Church, we strive to not be dogmatic about the Bible and its interpretation. It has been proven over and over that the Bible can't be taken literally in many instances, yet many people tend to use the Bible as an excuse to spread hate and misinformation, pushing mankind further and further from any chance at cultural and spiritual unity. As James Hilliman said, "Literalism prevents mystery by narrowing the multiple ambiguity of meanings into one definition. By treating the words we use as ambiguities, seeing them again as metaphors, we restore to them their original mystery . . . Rather than an increase of certainty there is a spread of mystery, which is both the precondition and consequence of revelation." By entering into this experience, we enter into unity with the one, true, Holy Catholic Church.

The Contemporary Catholic Church does not make all people believe the same in order to belong to our institution.  In reality, our very existence and the very institution to which we belong calls for unity of purpose and to some degree conformity of action, bonded under the common belief in God, Christ and Spirit.  Yet the same institution calls on each of us to walk in faith, not simply practice religion or maintain a belief.  Each of us is to relish the diversity of individual belief and individual understanding of God.  Christianity is a dynamic faithwalk, not a static finished product.  As people of God, we are to be about building the kingdom of God, not simply defending the work of the past.


In the Contemporary Catholic Church, we see this is how each of us approaches God---from the inner sanctuary of our hearts, bringing forward a profound knowledge of how God works within our lives to serve humanity. Because of the degree of emphasis we place on the personal relationship with God, we are a mystic body of believers. So, in short, our choice of independent Catholicism stems from our concepts of acceptance and unity. Only through unity of Spirit, will we move forward as a people to kneel at the feet of our loving God as one Holy Family.

Seminary trained Clergy

The Contemporary Catholic Church believes the best way our ordained clergy are able to serve the Children of God is by being as informed as possible on pastoral matters. To this end, all of our clergy are well-educated and the Contemporary Catholic Church offers a pastoral formation program through The Beloved Disciple Seminary.