The Liberal Catholic Church exists to forward the work of her Master, Christ, in the world and to feed his flock. It draws the central inspiration of its work from an intense faith in the living Christ, believing that the vitality of a church gains in proportion as its members cease to think only of a Christ who lived two thousand years ago and strive rather to serve as a vehicle for the eternal Christ who ever lives as a mighty spiritual presence in the world, guiding and sustaining his people. ‘Lo, I am with you always, even unto the consummation of the age.’ ‘Before Abraham was, I am.’
The Liberal Catholic Church is an independent and self-governing body; neither Roman Catholic nor Protestant — but Catholic… It aims at combining the traditional sacramental form of worship — with its stately ritual, its deep mysticism and its abiding witness to the reality of sacramental grace — with the widest measure of intellectual liberty and respect for the individual conscience. It therefore permits to its members freedom in interpretation of the scriptures, the creeds and the liturgy. Regarding the mind as one of the great avenues to spiritual apprehension, it encourages among its adherents the freest play of scientific and philosophic thought.
It welcomes to its altars all who reverently and sincerely approach them, erecting no barriers in the nature of standards of dogmatic belief.
The Liberal Catholic Church is a living Christian church which maintains that the form of religion should keep pace with human spiritual growth and enlightenment; but it also holds that the church has handed down a very precious heritage from Christ himself.
From The Liturgy of The Liberal Catholic Church
Please meet some of our clergy:
THE REV. MATHIAS van THIEL
RECTOR OF ST. RAPHAEL'S
THE REV. EDWARD MATTHEW GONZALES
PRIEST OF ST. RAPHAEL'S
DEACONESS IMELDA H.S. BROWN
DEACONESS OF ST. RAPHAEL'S
THE RT. REV. WILLIAM S.H. DOWNEY
Archbishop of the Province of the United States
SERVER OF ST. RAPHAEL'S
THE MOST REV. GRAHAM WALE
Archbishop Primate of The Liberal Catholic Church
THE RT. REV. GASPAR TORRES
Auxiliary Bishop of the Province of the United States
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“With the words ‘Deo Gratias,” a great wave of thankfulness goes up to the Angels, who, as a parting gift, send back a fine stream in response. This is caught by the celebrant and poured out during the final benediction, along with the power and material of which the whole Eucharistic Edifice was constructed, which... dissolves into great streams of rushing force... spreading benediction wherever they go.” — Rt. Rev. C.W. Leadbeater, Late Presiding Bishop of The Liberal Catholic Church, The Science of the Sacraments.