No. Although we certainly acknowledge that the Pope is the Bishop of Rome and we do have admiration and respect for him, we are not under Roman jurisdiction.
Our Presiding Archbishop is +James Long, D. Min., O.C.R.
Actually, it's just the OPPOSITE. The Pope is on record stating, "both Roman and Old Catholic to persevere in substantive theological dialogue" and to continue to pray and work together towards a deeper conversion in Christ.
Source - Catholic News Agency - https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/30844/pope-francis-reaches-out-to-schismatic-old-catholic-church
We are neither liberal or conservative, we are Catholic.
We celebrate all 7 Sacraments and we fully believe in Transubstantiation.
We welcome everyone. Our mission is to minister to every single person regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.
No, it is not true. We do not worship Mary at all. We worship God. However, we do venerate Mary.
When we pray to the Saints and Angels, we are asking them to join their prayers to God with our own as our friends who are close to God. When we pray to the Saints and Angels, it is no different from when you ask Bishop Long to pray for you and your family.
We should honor and respect to the Saints and Angels.
The Head of the United States Old Catholic Church is our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Council of Bishops governs the Church.
Absolutely not. We celebrate all 7 Sacraments and we fully believe in Transubstantiation.
We celebrate the Novus Ordo and Priests may also pray the Tridentine Mass.
Absolutely. We do not believe that gender defines whether or not someone is called by God to serve as clergy.
Starting a parish is quite challenging. Our clergy are not paid and for clergy to begin a parish, it can be quite costly as well.
Therefore, each clergy member has the right to choose which ministry they feel God is calling them to serve with the approval of the Presiding Archbishop.
Some clergy may start a parish and others choose to minister to the homeless, veterans, hospitals, shelters, etc.
No. We believe that one can be called to serve in the Priesthood and be called to live a committed relationship.
Celibacy is an option and we do allow our clergy to take this vow during ordination; should they wish.
The first thing we would say to you is pray about this. Spend time with God to ensure that He is calling you to serve.
If, through prayer, you feel that God is indeed calling you to the USOCC, then we invite you to click on the Vocations tab and we will begin your process.
Absolutely not. We are not a church community that focuses on numbers. We are a church that focuses on quality rather than quantity. Our seminary program is not a quick program and we are very thorough with our vetting process.
While our seminary is free to our seminarians, we do require dedication to study and prayer during your training.