Last Updated Febraury 2, 2014.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Liberal
Rite Catholic Church (LRCC)
are the conditions for receiving Communion in the Liberal Rite
Anyone over the ago of seven, who
approaches reverently is welcome to receive Communion.
the expression "Liberal Catholic Movement" a contradiction in
There is 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
did the Liberal Catholic Movement come into existence?
The 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 basis.
The UCC 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.
Rite Catholics believe that the Bread and Wine in Communion
actually become the Body and Blood of Christ?
We do 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 sacrifice.
Liberal Rite Catholic priests allowed to marry?
Yes. Many 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
you ordain women?
Yes. 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.
divorced or remarried people welcome in your Church?
Yes. We 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.
you baptize children born out of wedlock?
Absolutely. 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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