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Welcome, ALL lovers of God!
Foundation Principles of our Communion
The International Free Catholic Communion* invites ALL Bishops, Clergy, Ecclesial Communities and Individuals who share our vision to join with us. We are a "Communion", a "Seraphic Order", of autonomous bishops and ecclesial communities whose hearts burn with the fiery Love of God. We are "In Communion" with one another, a communion rooted in three fundamental unitive principles:
These three principles together form a “Core Understanding and Foundation of Unity”, in our view, for the future of the Church toward which we must strive with all of our abilities and efforts to restore to "Unity in Communion" our sister jurisdictions and churches of the Ancient, Undivided, One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
1. Eucharistic Unity: Centered in the One Loaf and the One Cup of Holy Communion whereby we are all drawn up together into the ONE body of our Lord, Savior and God, Jesus Christ - within His Body and His Blood. We witness to and believe that the Holy Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, as confirmed and taught by the Fourth Lateran Council in the year 1215. The distinction and marvel of the Holy Eucharist being precisely that it is actual and substantial and thus an extension of the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ in the present world.
2. Unity in Faith: Centered in God, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Scriptures and the historic and traditional Seven Sacraments of the Church and the spiritual understandings of the First Seven Ecumenical Councils.
3. Collegial Unity: Centered around each autonomous local bishop and that bishop's community joined with other bishops and their communities in a consensus of faith, Eucharist and synodical collegiality.
We leave to each Jurisdiction or Church within this "Communion", the loving freedom and diversity to implement their own ministry and outreach, realizing that there are unique administrative and local necessities, customs, local canons and traditions that vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction according to the needs of their own flocks and clergy. We know and affirm that the gift of diversity in our abilities to minister to the needs of individual groups of the faithful in many and varying locations must be maintained by the local Bishop Ordinary of each member Jurisdiction or Church comprising our "Communion."
All of us agree to make no claim over any other jurisdiction
within this "Communion". Neither does any member claim or have any
right of interference with the internal affairs of another jurisdiction
belonging to this "Communion". Only an infraction of the agreement
we have entered into will be considered a breach of our
All of us agree to make no claim over any other jurisdiction within this "Communion". Neither does any member claim or have any right of interference with the internal affairs of another jurisdiction belonging to this "Communion". Only an infraction of the agreement we have entered into will be considered a breach of our "Communion" together.
We hold absolutely, and preach without variation, the faith of the One Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Christian Church of our Lord, Savior and God Jesus Christ as defined by the Spirit of the first Seven Ecumenical Councils and expressed within the historic and unchanging Catholic Creeds. We acknowledge the absolute validity of all 7 traditional Sacraments as celebrated within the various jurisdictions comprising our "Communion".
Unity which is founded in the faithful trust, love and freedom of our Lord Jesus Christ does not require from any of the members of this "Communion" the acceptance of all doctrinal options, sacramental devotions, or liturgical practices characteristic of the others, but implies that each believes the others to hold all the essentials of the One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Faith of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We echo St.
Augustine’s classical statement of ecumenicity: “In essentials
unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things love”. While celebrating
the diversity within orthodoxy, we also strive to avoid a schismatic spirit
which would elevate non-essentials or non-consensual beliefs and practices
above the Father’s will that there be a spiritual and visible unity of the
One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
We remove all barriers and divisions between ourselves, while at the same time respecting absolutely the jurisdictional integrity and episcopal authority of each member. We also agree that our clergy will seek the official permission of the Bishops involved before asking to celebrate any of the Sacraments or function in any clerical capacity in another Bishop's Chapels, Missions or Churches and that normal Letters of Incardination and Excardination will be utilized for clerical transfers of any kind between member jurisdictions.
We proclaim ourselves, our clergy and all our faithful people to be free to participate and share in the sacramental life of each and every member jurisdiction represented by its Bishop in the International Free Catholic Communion.
With much prayer for the Unity that will come, we offer this paradigm as a foundation for all who wish to Unite with us through mutual recognition and joining together in "Free and Full Communion," while at the same time retaining complete respect for one another's jurisdictional integrity.
Join us. Together "in one accord" we CAN change the World!
Jesus said: "Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven."
St. Matthew 18:19 Amplified Bible
Each member Community (jurisdiction) recognizes the catholicity and independence of the others and maintains its own.
Each member Community (jurisdiction) agrees to admit members of the other Communities to participate in the Sacraments."Being in Communion" does not require from the member Communities (jurisdictions) the acceptance of all doctrine, sacramental devotion, or liturgical practice characteristic of the others but implies that each Ecclesial Community believes the others to hold all the essentials of the Catholic Christian faith.
THE GREAT PRAYER FOR UNITY
For additional information call, write or email:
International Free Catholic Communion
P.O. Box 3454
Clearwater, Florida 33767
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