In 1945, Charles Hampton,
the Provincial (Regionary) Bishop in America, told his priests to treat Theosophy as
optional. He maintained that it was always intended by the founders of the
Liberal Catholic Church to be separate and supplied quotations to prove his
The Presiding Bishop, F. W.
Pigott suspended the American Provincial Bishop. The Provincial Bishop and the
majority of American priests, bishops, and parishioners, sided with their
Regionary Bishop. They said the word "Liberal" means free. The Americans
severed ties with the British church, as did some other groups in Europe.
Now maintaining that
Theosophy is optional, not required, they formed what evenually became what is known as The Liberal Catholic Church
International, which was ruled to be the legal Liberal Catholic Church in
America. Portions of the LCCI later reorganized as the Universal Catholic
The web page you are
reading is from a group that keeps Theosophy as optional only, not required.
some other differences. The table below shows some of these differences: