Last Updated April 6, 2011.
Asked Questions [Continued]
Do Universal Catholics practice artificial means of
birth control, such as birth control pills?
Universal Catholic Church places no restrictions on its members use or lack of
use of birth control methods. In fact, many Universal Catholics, in keeping
with church belief that religion should keep pace with human growth and
enlightenment, consider family planning an important part of responsible human
sexuality. We have no teaching on abortion and opinions will vary.
of sexuality, are homosexuals welcome in the Universal Catholic Church?
Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transsexual people may receive Holy Communion at our
altars, with no need to hide or repress their sexual orientation.
Christ teach that homosexuality was a sin?
Christ never mentioned homosexuality in any way. We might wonder why so many
Christians are worried about something that Christ never once mentioned. While
the Old Testament does condemn certain forms of homosexual behavior, such as
homosexual rape, it also condemns men cutting their facial hair, eating pork,
and many other things that today's Christians do not consider sinful. In fact,
working on the Sabbath calls for the death penalty. Homosexuality likely has a
biological basis. Christ did not single out homosexuality for scorn, and
neither should we.
still concerned, though, that many of these things—divorce, homosexuality, and
sex outside of marriage—are sins. Doesn't a person need to be in a "state
of grace" before receiving Holy Communion?
Universal Catholics recognize the futility of trying to divide the world into
categories like “sinners” and “the righteous.” Christ taught us in the story of
the woman caught in adultery, that only the person who is without sin among us
can cast a stone. We have all committed sins. Next, Liberal Catholics seek to
recall the original meaning of the word “sin,” which is “error.” We have all
made errors. Lastly, consider the company Jesus kept—drunkards, prostitutes,
tax collectors, lepers, the poor and oppressed—and that nearly all of His
critical comments were aimed at religious leaders. When Jesus walked the earth
he did not withhold his love from all but the perfect, nor does he now.
Universal Catholics accepted the liturgical reforms of Vatican II?
the liturgical “reforms” of the Roman Catholic Church’s 1962-1964
denominational conference (Vatican II) were already instituted in the Liberal
Catholic movement in advance, in the early 1900’s, such as the use of the
language of the people in the services of the Church. We have not, however,
turned around our altars, simplified mass vestments, eliminated the
requirements for gold or linen in items that touch the Blessed Sacrament or
otherwise decreased the respect due to the Body and Blood of Christ. Our Mass
is a revised version of the old Latin Tridentine Mass used before Vatican II,
and is very traditional and beautiful.
do Universal Catholics think about Mary?
Universal Catholic Church does not seek to clearly define the role of the holy
Lady Mary as certain other Churches have, there are many members who have a
special devotion to her. Some view her in a very traditional Catholic way as
the Theotokos, or “God-Bearer,” while others see her as the World Mother—a
manifestation of the feminine aspect of divinity. She is often honored in the
devotion of the Rosary. Forms of the Rosary that may be found in use in the
Universal Catholic Church include the popular Dominican Rosary, the Franciscan
Crown Rosary, the Rosary of the Seven Rays and the Rosary of the Five Trees.
have heard that the early Bishops of the Liberal Catholic Movement were
Theosophists. What is Theosophy and is a belief in it required in the Universal
is a school of thought founded in the late 1800’s. Its purpose was to study
comparative religion and mysticism. Some of its basic principles are belief in
the eastern concepts of reincarnation, karma, vegetarianism and abstention from
the use of alcoholic beverages. While many of the Liberal Catholic Movement’s
early Bishops did, in fact, hold theosophical ideas, a belief in them is
neither required nor forbidden in the Universal Catholic Church. The UCC
respects the freedom of individual conscience on these issues, as in others.
Elsewhere in this web site
you can see a chart of the differences in practices between our Church and
certain other denominations in the Movement. Click