Last Updated Febraury 2, 2014.
Asked Questions about the Universal Catholic Church (UCC)
Isn’t the name
“Universal Catholic Church” redundant?
"catholic" means "universal" what you are asking is true,
in a sense. However, "Catholic" also refers to the traditions of
worship of the historic Church, as opposed to that of later sects. In addition,
"Universal" also may be taken to refer to the Church's teaching of
Universalism, a key teaching of the Liberal Catholic Movement, that holds that
all of mankind will be saved.
Isn't the expression "Liberal Catholic
Movement" a contradiction in terms?
absolutely no contradiction if one considers the true meaning of the words
themselves. Contrary to popular opinion in some circles, “liberal” is not a
dirty word. It comes from the Latin word liberalis, which means “suitable for a
free man.” The idea of this ancient term is that a “free man” is free to think
for himself, and not be told what to think as a slave would be. The word
“catholic” also has negative connotations for some. It actually means
“universal.” Universal comes from the root word for “universe.” The idea is
that the Church is universal by existing in all times and in all places for all
people. The word “Church” is also often misunderstood. Far from indicating an
institution, it is derived from the Greek word ecclesia, which means an
assembly of people called for a particular purpose, in this case the worship of
God and service of our fellow man. To sum it up, the Universal Catholic Church
is an assembly of people whose freedom of thought is respected, and who are
called to worship God and serve humanity in all times and in all places.
How did the Liberal Catholic Movement come into
Liberal Catholic Movement sprang from the Dutch Old Catholic Church. The Dutch
Church became separated from Rome after giving refuge to a group of accused
heretics called Jansenists, who were being persecuted by the Jesuits. The Dutch
Church later began to be called "Old Catholic” when other European
Catholic Churches joined with it as a result of the "new" dogma of
Papal Infallibility declared in the First Vatican Council. The Liberal Catholic
Church came into existence as the result of a complete reorganization in
1915-1916 of the Old Catholic movement in Great Britain upon a more liberal
What are the conditions for receiving Communion in the
Universal Catholic Church?
offers Open Communion; that is, we welcome all the members of the Christian
Brotherhood to receive Communion at our altars. There are no membership or
belief requirements. The Blessed Sacrament of Christ’s love was meant for the
betterment of all people. Christ came not to heal the healthy but the infirm.
Universal Catholics believe that the Bread and Wine in Communion actually
become the Body and Blood of Christ?
teach that a change (Transubstantiation) occurs in the Bread and Wine after
they are consecrated in the Holy Eucharist. The Body of Christ is the vehicle
of his consciousness and the Blood of Christ is his life poured out in
Are Universal Catholic priests allowed to marry?
people are unaware that the practice of requiring celibacy for Roman Catholic
priests has only existed for a little over 1,000 years. It came about largely
as a means of preventing the spouses and children of priests from inheriting
Church property. Prior to that, married clergy were common, as they still are
in the Eastern Orthodox Churches. Both celibate and married lifestyles have
their respective merits.
Do you ordain women?
Gender is not an impediment to ordination at any level. Both women and men can
be ordained as cleric, doorkeeper, reader, exorcist, acolyte, subdeacon,
deacon, priest, and bishop.
Are divorced or remarried people welcome in your
do not kick or keep people out because of divorce, nor do we bar them from
receiving the Sacraments. To do so is totally inconsistent with the example of
love and forgiveness given by our Master, Christ.
Will you baptize children born out of wedlock?
The practice of some Churches to deny Baptism to children born out of wedlock
is truly a sin. The Sacrament of Baptism is intended to benefit the child, not
the parents; therefore, the marital status of the parents is not relevant.
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