Similarities and Differences
We are connected to the Roman Catholic Church through the episcopacy and our common Faith as professed in the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasius Creed. The following compares the practice of the Faith embraced by NCACUS with the current practices of the Roman Catholic Church.
Like the Holy Roman (Catholic) Church, we celebrate as part of Tradition, for example the Dogmas of the Immaculate Conception (conceived without sin) and the Glorious Assumption of Mary (Holy Dormition)
*Like the Roman Catholic Church, we recognize clerical celibacy as a special gift which enhances the ministry of those who freely choose it and which bears a powerful witness to the glorious reign of God.
*Like the Roman Catholic Church, we regret the tragedy of divorce, but in light of the Gospels, we do not believe the exclusion of remarried Catholics from the sacraments as consistent with the spirit of Christ.
*Unlike the Roman Catholic Church Church, divorced Catholics can re-marry before a priest and live out their marriage in full communion with the Church.
*Like the Roman Catholic Church, we see Baptism as the sacrament of initiation which makes all of the other sacraments available to us.
*We hold to the teaching of St Thomas Aquinas which states “we must follow our own conscience”.
In the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church of the Second Vatican Council, we read, “The Church knows that she is joined in many ways to the baptized who are honored by the name of Christian, but who … have not preserved unity or communion under the successor of Peter. For there are many who hold sacred scripture in honor as a rule of faith and of life, who have a sincere religious zeal, who lovingly believe in God, the Father Almighty, and in Christ, the Son of God the Savior, who are sealed by baptism which unites them to Christ, and who indeed recognize and receive other sacraments in their Churches or ecclesiastical communities.
Many of them possess valid episcopacy, celebrate the Holy Eucharist and cultivate devotion of the Virgin Mother of God. There is furthermore a sharing in prayer and spiritual benefits; these Christians are indeed in some real way joined to us in the Holy Spirit for, by his gifts and graces, his sanctifying power is also active in them”.
We pray that you will find a home with us. May you find peace on your life’s journey.