Are We Schismatic or Just Faithful Catholics
What does it mean to be “Catholic?” According to Roman Catholics, they insist that being Catholic necessitates being part of their Church, and under the authority of the pope.
However, neither scripture, nor church history does not make that claim!
As a particular Catholic Jurisdiction, we believe that must be able to clearly enunciate why we believe, or why we affiliate with our jurisdiction. As a particular Church Jurisdiction, we are fully Catholic in that we hold to the “Four Marks” of the Ancient Church outlined in the creed: “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic. Additionally, we hold to the same founding Rule of Faith found in the Declaration of Utrecht, laid down by St. Vincent of Lerins in these terms: “Id teneamus, quod ubique, quod semper, quod ab omnibus creditum est; hoc est etenim vere proprieque catholicum.” [Let us hold to what has been believed everywhere, always, by all; for this is truly and properly catholic.]
We all have our individual stories of how we landed in this particular Church Jurisdiction. Learning to share your journey may help others to understand our differences and similarities.