American Catholic Church

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The American Catholic Church in the United States (ACCUS).

Excerpts from "About ACCUS" on their website:

  • "The American Catholic Church in the United States affirms traditional Catholic beliefs of faith and love, spirituality, community and prayer. It celebrates the seven sacraments and adheres to the essential Catholic doctrine and practice as expressed and implied in the statements of Vatican Council II, and in the light of the best contemporary thought."
  • "The American Catholic Church in the United States is particularly sensitive to the voices of those who having been felt called to Catholic ministry, have found their way blocked by a blanket of requirements for celibacy. We are therefore committed to the admission of married persons to all ranks of the clergy."
  • "The difficult decisions in one's life are always harder to make alone. At such times, the compassionate support of a community of faith can be crucial. Yet such support can be difficult to find the face of 'legalistic' moral pronouncement regarding the issues of divorce and remarriage, birth control, sexual orientation and complex medical issues.
    "Morality ought to be our response to the life of the spirit within each human person, and a loving way of life for the whole community. The American Catholic Church in the United States believes that an informed conscience, molded on Gospel values of truth, justice, compassion and love, should be the ultimate motivating force in a person's life. We teach these values with the individual person in mind and with respect for the individual human freedom and dignity. We trust that, if people are living in the spirit of truth, they will be able to decide what is just and right, both in their own lives and within society."
  • Claims valid apostolic succession through Eastern Orthodox bishops.
  • Ordains women.