Mission and Vision and Distinctives of the Catholic Church in America
CCIA Founding Vision
Our founding vision is to form an organically American communion of Catholic and Apostolic Churches, which minister to the diverse cultures and communities that embody this nation. Additionally, our goal and purpose are to be a missional church, making manifest the Kingdom of God to the nations of the world and to express the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With Sacred Scripture and the traditions of the Church as our guide, we seek to experience the full nature of the living historic Catholic Church in its sacramental communion with a personal God, its charismatic joy in the Spirit, and its evangelistic zeal to share our blessed hope with all people. To those who seek a deeper experience of God in the sacraments, a more profound communion with His Spirit, spiritual growth, community with fellow believers, and service to a broken world, we the Bishops and Priests of the Catholic Church in America (here after referred to as the CCIA) do hereby present these Canons as a guide for our church. These Canons speak to the particular needs of our present ecclesiastical life and are to be observed under the loving care of our Bishops.
CCIA Founding Mission
The distinctive mission of CCIA is threefold:
- First, we are to bear witness and be a living active example of, the essential spiritual unity that exists among all the branches and cultures of Catholicism. Therefore, the CCIA is an ecclesial communion commissioned to affirm, recognize and pray for all the branches of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, and to embrace the clergy and laity of these branches as true brothers and sisters of Christ's One, Holy Church. In this, to be at least a prophetic pointer or prototype of unity in both an attitude of humility and charity, and in our works, worship, and mission, that we may bear witness to that divine hope and calling, outwardly.
- Secondly, we believe we have been called to draw all Christians into the fullest expression of Christ's church in the convergence of sacramental ministry, charismatic power, and evangelistic zeal in order to most fully portray the face of Christ's Church to the world.
- Finally, The Catholic Church in America has a very special heart for those Catholics who for many reasons have felt separated from their Catholic roots and are seeking a valid and authentic way to be Catholic in today's world. We will be a refuge of love and compassion in a lost and hurting world. All are truly welcome in this place! Doctrinal Distinctives How does The Catholic Church in America differ from a Roman Catholic Church?
How does The Catholic Church in America differ from a Roman Catholic Church?
- The Catholics of our community do not accept the teaching of papal infallibility and, therefore, are independent of the pope's jurisdiction. As a result, we are not bound by some of the canons and regulations that are formulated and enforced in the Roman Catholic Church.
- Priests and bishops are permitted to marry.
- Women are encouraged to be more fully involved in the ministry of the Church. As Saint Paul writes, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."
- Divorced people who remarry are able to be reconciled to the church through the grace of God and, therefore, are not excluded from the sacraments. Therefore, a divorced person may remarry with the blessing of the Church.
- Artificial contraception is an issue of conscience between husband, wife, and God -- as long as said contraception is non-abortive.
- Each Catholic is an equal part of the Church. Therefore, lay people are encouraged to play a prominent role in the Church.
- No Christian is excluded from the sacramental ministry. All baptized Christians are invited to participate in the worship and sacraments of the Church according to their own conscience.