Statement of Faith and Practice:
The Catholic Apostolic Church
The Catholic Apostolic Church (TCAC) is a union of committed Christians living in the Catholic liturgical tradition of the one Undivided Church within apostolic tradition. Our outreach and ministry opportunities are not limited to any because of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or identity, socioeconomic status, or ability or disability.
B. Leadership: The Metropolitan Bishop is chosen by a vote of the Synod of the Church and the College of Bishops.
C. Unity: The Synod is defined as those nominated by their local parish or nominated by the Metropolitan.
D. Finances: Each clergyperson operates a parish or ministry in a financially independent manner. There will be a fund kept for maintaining our online presence in our website, social media, and seminary program. This fund is managed at the discretion of the Metropolitan Bishop in consultation with (can be edited later).
E. Positions: Offices of the church include but are not limited to Metropolitan Bishop, Vicar General, Chancellor, Director of Vocations/Seminary Rector, and Seminary Administrator/Assistant Director of Vocations. More offices will be added as needs arise for them.
F. Autonomy: Each clergyperson will operate their ministry in a semi-autonomous fashion with regard to liturgical rites, teaching, and preaching under the direction, oversight, guidance, and mentoring of the of the Metropolitan Bishop or the Vicar General on the direction of the Metropolitan Bishop.
2. Our Founding Documents
5. Education and Holy Orders
A. In pursuit of training and educating future servants of God’s people, we have promulgated the Seminary of Saint Brigid – TCAC to provide instruction in theology, church history, and practical ministry. Our seminary program is a mostly self-paced distance learning curriculum which utilizes a variety of reading assignments, videos, writing of papers and short articles, and discussions over video and text chat.
B. Within TCAC, we acknowledge the three major orders of Deacon, Priest, and Bishop and the five minor orders of Subdeacon, Acolyte, Exorcist, Reader and Doorkeeper. The duties of the minor orders are expounded upon in ancient church custom.
C. Deacon: The call of a deacon is to provide service to the people of God. The liturgical and sacramental responsibilities of a deacon are to read the Gospel in the mass, to assist the priest or bishop with preparing the bread and wine for consecration, to bless those who seek it, and to present the pre-consecrated bread and wine to those unable to attend a eucharistic celebration. A deacon is also given the privilege and responsibility of presiding over celebrations of baptism, holy matrimony without a eucharistic celebration, and funerals.
D. Priest: Whereas a deacon is called to serve the people in more material ways, a priest is called to serve in spiritual ways. The liturgical and sacramental responsibilities of a priest are to interpret and preach the holy word, consecrate the bread and wine in a eucharistic celebration, hear the confessions of the faithful and offer absolution and a path of resolution, provide comfort and sacred dignity in moments of human frailty, as well as preside over baptism, confirmation, holy matrimony with a eucharistic celebration, and funerary services with a eucharistic celebration.
E. Bishop: The call of a bishop is a call to lead as chief servant of the people of God. Bishops have liturgical and sacramental responsibilities to perform all sacraments afforded a deacon or priest but also the privilege and responsibility of ordaining (or arranging for the ordination of) those who have been selected to receive Holy Orders.
F. Qualifications for Holy Orders: Those who seek Holy Orders with TCAC must undergo a rigorous discernment process in which the candidate’s background and temperament are tested and during which they are educated in theology and practical ministry.
B. We celebrate the Eucharist with an “open table,” inviting all baptized Christians who seek to find Christ’s presence, to partake in this holy sacrament.
B. The Statement of Faith and Practice is supplementary to the Canons of the Roman Catholic Church and supersedes those canons when they conflict with this jurisdiction.
Initial Edition May 10th, 2020.
Second Edition August 2nd, 2020—Change name to The Catholic Apostolic Church