Most parishes of the Catholic Church in America (CCIA) are small faith communities of approximately ten to one hundred families each, who are committed to living and practicing their Catholic Faith according to the traditional beliefs common throughout the Catholic world of the primitive Church.
Our parishes are permitted to utilize any rite (liturgical form) that maintains essential sacramental dignity and is approved by their diocean bishop. Our parishes worship in the vernacular, meaning "the local language." We currently have parishes and clergy speaking both Spanish, French, and English.
Each parish or mission is owned locally by the members of the parish, managed by an elected Parish Council who maintain and control the financial and temporal fabric of the parish, while the spiritual, liturgical and apostolic work and ministry of the parish is conducted by the pastor and his associates under the spiritual and canonical authority of the Bishop of the Diocese to which the parish belongs.
Clergy and elected lay members of our various dioceses and provinces serve as delegates to the General and Regional Synods of the Church and serve on the different committees of those bodies as well.
We believe that the laity of the church are full collaborators and cooperators with the clergy in the mission and work of the church, and are thus expected to take an active role in their capacity as such. We vehemently reject the idea that the sole role of the laity is to "pay, pray and obey."
An important point to note: Parishes and missions that choose to join the CCIA must affirm our particular "Constitution." Affirmation dose not necessarily mean that parishes must implement each article of practice (not related to faith and morals) -- such as ordaining women to the diaconate. The CCIA acknowledges that each parish may implement practical limitations which are aligned to their particular traditions and pious beliefs.
Please contact us for information regarding starting a new parish or having your existing join the CCIA
Presiding Bishop - The Catholic Church in America