Name. The name of this organization shall be The
Catholic Church. Within these canons it shall be referred
to as “this organization,” “this church,”
or “this denomination.”
of the Universal Church. This organization is a constituent
member of Christ’s one, holy, catholic, and apostolic
Church (“the Church”), which unites all Christians
throughout the world and throughout history.
This organization shall be incorporated in the State of
Florida as a nonprofit religious corporation.
Use Catholic Church. Each affiliated local parish,
mission or other constituent body shall use the name “Catholic
Church” as part of its official title.
Subject to the Creeds. This organization shall
be subject first and foremost, to the creedal statements
established by the Ecumenical Councils of the Universal
Church, those being Nicaea, Constantinople, Ephesus, and
Subject to Law and Canons. Furthermore, this
organization shall be subject to the corporation laws
of the State of Florida, to this organization’s
articles of incorporation, and to these canons, so long
as they are consistent with the faith of the Ecumenical
Amendment. These canons are subject to amendment
as detailed herein provided such amendment does not contradict
the faith of the Ecumenical Creeds.
Gendered Language. In cases where language is
thereby simplified, these canons may on rare occasion
use masculine singular pronouns; in all cases such pronouns
shall be taken to apply equally to males and females.
This church prohibits sexual discrimination with respect
to all of its offices and positions.
Consensus Building. These canons create an organization
which is hierarchical in nature, consistent with the operation
of church polity since apostolic times. It is understood,
however, that wisdom is not the exclusive possession of
the clergy. It is anticipated, therefore, that democratic
principles and consultation will be used as a means of
insight by the hierarchy and that consensus –building
will be routine within the operations and decision-making
of the church to the extent possible.
The primary purpose of this organization is to worship
the One Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
– and to be a part of God’s Kingdom, open
to all people by faith without regard to race, color,
gender, sexual orientation or preference, nationality,
or socioeconomic status.
Means. In order to obtain this purpose, the organization
may establish dioceses, parishes, missions, religious
orders, and other institutions, hold worship services;
offer sacraments; provide instruction; prophecy to the
Church; and evangelize the world.
Triune God. This church and all persons in communion
therewith shall confess One Triune God – Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit – and Jesus Christ as God the
Nicene Creed. The Creed associated with the Council
of Constantinople of 381 A.D. (the so-called “Nicene
Creed”) shall be accepted as the definition of Christianity.
Apostles’ and Athanasian Creeds. The so-called
“Apostles’ Creed” shall be accepted
as a valid statement of faith and the “Athanasian
Creed” shall be accepted as a valid statement of
Trinitarian theology and Christology.
Scripture, Tradition, and Reason. The Scriptures
of the Old and New Testaments, the Tradition of the Church,
and human reason and experience shall be the tree pillars
of Truth by which inspiration, revelation, law, and faith
may be tested.
Nondiscrimination. This church shall hold no
regard for a person’s race, color, gender, sexual
orientation or preference, nationality, or socioeconomic
Baptism. Holy Baptism is the primary sacrament,
the act by which God accepts a person as His reborn child.
As the Creed teaches, there is but one Baptism whether
of an infant, child, or adult, and that Baptism determines
membership in the Church. This denomination shall recognize
as valid the baptism of any other Christian denomination
provided such baptism was performed with water in the
Name of the Triune God.
Holy Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament
through which the baptized are fed with the real and substantial
Body and Blood of Christ. This sacrament shall constitute
the essence of the worship of this church, and all celebrations
thereof shall be open to all who are baptized, confess
the Creedal Faith, and believe that they are receiving
the true Body and Blood of Christ. Inability to confess
or believe because of age, mental capacity, or other physical
reason shall not be held as a barrier to Communion.
Christian Life Sacraments. The five traditional
Christian Life Sacraments shall also be performed by this
church, i.e., Confirmation, Reconciliation, Anointing
of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.
One Church. This church confesses that Jesus
Christ sought His Church to be one Body which unites all
humanity. To this end, this church shall (a) maintain
its membership open to all persons who are in agreement
with its doctrinal position and desire to be members and
(b) maintain to its best ability an active role in the
ecumenical movement, keeping in touch with the remainder
of the Church and striving toward the visible unity thereof.
Pursing intercommunion and other ecumenical dialogue is
both a charge of the Office of the Presiding Bishop and
within the sole jurisdiction of the Presiding Bishop.
Baptism. Holy Baptism is the primary sacrament
by which a person is dedicated to a life of ministry.
This is the priesthood of all believers.
Confirmation. By the sacrament of confirmation,
baptized Christians make personal public statement of
their own faith, committing themselves to the life of
an active Christian.
Deacons. Some of those persons confirmed are
called to a life of more intense dedication and service
to their Lord, the Church, and humanity. After proper
training and prayerful discernment, these persons may
be received into the Office of Deacon by the Sacrament
of Holy Orders.
Priests. Some of those confirmed, including some
deacons, are called to a ministry of sacramental service
at the Altar of God, celebrating the Eucharist and so
representing Christ to the Church in a consistent manner.
After proper training and prayerful discernment, these
persons may be received into the Order of Priests by the
Sacrament of Holy Orders.
Bishops. Some priests are called to a ministry
of apostolic administration and prophecy in the Church,
guarding and guiding the faithful. After proper training
and prayerful discernment, these priests may be received
into the Order of Bishops by the Sacrament of Holy Orders.
V. Hierarchy and Government
Presiding Bishop. One bishop shall serve as the
Presiding Bishop of this Church, being the sole and ultimate
Council of Bishops. All consecrated bishops of
this denomination, gathered together in council, shall
jointly share certain rights and duties as outlined within
Diocesan Bishops. Diocesan bishops shall be responsible
for the operations of their dioceses, subject only to
the directives of the presiding bishop and the Council
Auxiliary Bishops. Bishops may be appointed by
the presiding bishop to serve as auxiliary bishops reporting
either to the presiding bishop or to a diocesan bishop.
Pastors. Pastors and local superiors of religious
orders shall be responsible for the operations of their
parish or chapter, subject only to the directives of their
Assisting Clergy. Bishops may appoint priests
and/or deacons to assist the pastors of parishes in their
Clergy Council. The clergy of the denomination
may be called together in council by the appropriate bishop
or the presiding bishop in order to discuss important
issues and provide their leader with input. These councils
are inherently advisory and have no decision making powers
separate from the proper hierarchy.
Denominational Council. The clergy and laity
of the denomination may be called together in council
by the presiding bishop in order to discuss important
issues and provide their leader with input. These councils
are primarily advisory in nature and have no decision
making power separate from the proper hierarchy.
By Baptism. Any person baptized in a parish of
this denomination or by any of its ministers shall become
a member of that parish and diocese as well as of the
denomination as a whole.
By Reaffirmation. Persons previously baptized
with water in the Name of the Triune God in another Christian
denomination may be received into a parish’s membership
by reaffirmation of faith or, if not confirmed within
their previous denomination, by the sacrament of confirmation.
These persons also become members of the diocese in which
the parish is located and the denomination as a whole.
VII. The Presiding Bishop
Chief Leader. The presiding bishop shall be the
chief spiritual leader, ultimate ecclesiastical authority,
and chief executive officer of the denomination.
Term. The term of office of the presiding bishop
shall be from installation until death, retirement, resignation,
or removal as allowed herein.
Retirement. The presiding bishop may retire after
notifying the Clergy Council ninety (90) days prior to
his/her planned retirement.
Resignation. The presiding bishop may resign
at any time without cause.
Remains a Bishop. A presiding bishop who retires
or resigns from office shall remain a member of the council
of bishops unless he/she removes him/herself from the
membership of the denomination.
The presiding bishop may be removed from office on grounds
of failing to profess or follow the doctrinal statements
of the denomination. Heinous violations of civil law are
also grounds for removal.
The presiding bishop must be formally and specifically
charged in a document signed by a majority of the
bishops and clergy, of the denomination.
The presiding bishop may formally recant if the charge
is heresy and the removal proceeding shall then cease.
presiding bishop may argue that his/her beliefs are
not heretical. This argument shall be presented to
the council of bishops, and if 100% of the council
members agree that the beliefs held by the presiding
bishop are heresy, the presiding bishop shall be removed
from office, excluded from membership in the denomination.
the presiding bishop is convicted of sexual misconduct,
pedophilia, aggravated assault/murder, or larceny; he/she
shall be removed from office and deposed as a bishop.
Incompetence. If the presiding bishop is declared
by a court of law in the state of his/her legal residence
to be mentally insane or incompetent, he/she may be removed
from office by a unanimous of the council of bishops and
clergy of the denomination
When the presiding bishop chooses to retire or resign,
he/she should preside over the selection process for a
new presiding bishop in order to maintain a stable transition.
The former presiding bishop’s effective retirement
or resignation should coincide with the installation of
the new presiding bishop.
No Bishops. If there are no bishops, the primacy
shall remain vacant until a new presiding bishop is selected
Process. Within ninety (90) days of the termination
of a primacy of the announcement of a planned retirement
or resignation, a new presiding bishop shall be selected
in accordance with the following:
qualified candidate for presiding bishop shall be
a bishop of the denomination or a person qualified
to become a bishop in accordance with these canons.
council of bishops shall select three qualified candidates
who are willing to be elected for suggestions to the
clergy shall be given a chance to present a candidate
for consideration by the council of bishops.
candidate chosen by the presiding bishop shall be
VIII. Religious Orders
Religious orders may be established by the authority of
the presiding bishop. Existing religious order may be
incardinated into the denomination by authority of the
Governance. Each order shall have a superior,
i.e., minister general, superior general, et cetera, who
shall be responsible for all activities of the order.
Diocesan Jurisdiction. Each religious order shall
be responsible to the presiding bishop in matters of denominational
Religious Order Rules.
Each religious order shall provide the presiding bishop
with a copy of their Rule of Life. The presiding bishop
shall review and approve or disapprove the Rule of Life
within the context of the canons of the denomination.
Each local established religious order operation shall
have a local superior. The local superior is responsible
for the activities of the local establishment and is responsible
to the general superior and the local bishop.
Clergy Members. Members of a religious order
who are also bishops, priests, deacons shall be entitled
to a seat on the diocesan clergy council.
Local Parish Service. Members of a religious
order may serve in local parishes as agreed to by the
local superior and the parish pastor.
Formation. The formation process of religious
orders is proper to each order. The presiding bishop may
request a copy of the formation process, but is removed
from amending or deleting any steps in the formation process.
All ordinations to orders shall be approved by the presiding
Religious in Solemn/Permanent Vows. All non ordained
religious who are in solemn or permanent vows shall be
entitled to the same voting right as denomination clergy.
Baptism. Those who are presented for Baptism
shall be baptized with water in the Name of the Triune
God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Holy Eucharist. The Eucharistic Celebration is
the central act of worship in the denomination. The Eucharist
is to be celebrated every Sunday using one of the approved
rituals of the denomination. Bread and Wine/Grape Juice
are the matter for the celebration of the Eucharist. The
Sacrament of the Eucharist can only be confected by a
bishop or priest.
Reconciliation. It is a pastoral obligation to
make the Sacrament of Reconciliation available to the
faithful. The faithful are to be encouraged to seek the
sacrament. The Sacrament of Reconciliation can only be
confected by a bishop or a priest.
Confirmation. Candidates for confirmation shall
be baptized Christians or shall be catechumens whose baptism
will take place along with confirmation.
The presiding bishop/diocesan bishop is the ordinary minister
of the sacrament of confirmation. Permission may be granted
in special circumstances to a priest to celebrate the
Sacramental marriage is the commitment of Christian persons
to each other for intimate life together. It is a symbol
of the love and unity between Christ and His Church; it
is a means of grace by which the Holy Spirit strengthens
His people for ministry and service, and is intended to
to be married must sincerely love each other and must
intend their marriage to be a lifelong intimate sharing
physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially.
to be married must be at least eighteen (18) years
old and they must have known each other sufficiently
long to be able to knowledgeably enter into a permanent
commitment with one another.
to be married must be free from binding marriage vow.
Orders / Diaconate:
desiring ordination to the deaconate shall communicate
such desire to their parish pastor and diocesan/presiding
bishop. The pastor/bishop shall meet with the person
desiring ordination and shall discuss the meaning of
ordination and the various roles of deacons in the Church.
discussing their desires with their pastor/bishop and
giving prayerful consideration to the topics of discussion,
persons may apply for candidacy to the deaconate. Candidacy
is a time of further thought, meditation, study, and
prayer to prepare for ordination.
a person may be discouraged from doing so by his pastor/bishop,
any person meeting the qualifications may apply for
to diaconal candidacy shall have completed high school
and shall be at least twenty (20) years old.
an application for candidacy is approved, the bishop,
together with the applicant, shall determine a specific
plan which will, barring any unusual circumstances lead
to ordination, diaconal candidates shall have completed
the educational plan negotiated between the bishop and
necessary, a candidacy period may be established for
deacons transferring from another jurisdiction during
which period they would fulfill any additional obligations
set down by the bishop.
Orders / Presbyter:
desiring ordination to the priesthood shall communicate
such desire to their parish priest/bishop. The parish
priest/bishop shall meet with the persons desiring ordination
and shall discuss the meaning of ordination and the various
roles of priests in the Church.
discussing their desires with their priest and bishop
and giving prayerful consideration to the topics of discussion,
persons may apply for candidacy to the priesthood. Candidacy
is a time of further thought, meditation, study, and prayer
to prepare for ordination.
a person may be discouraged from doing so by his pastor
or bishop, any person meeting the qualifications may apply
for candidacy to the priesthood. Ordination to the permanent
deaconate does not preclude one’s late ability to
apply for ordination to the priesthood.
to priesthood candidacy under thirty (30) years of age
shall have completed a bachelor’s or higher degree
or least four years of college work. Persons over thirty
(30) years of age shall have either a bachelor’s
degree or life experience which could be deemed equivalent.
ordained deacon may at any time apply for candidacy to
an applicant for candidacy is accepted, the bishop together
with the applicant, shall determine a specific plan which
will, barring any unusual circumstances, lead to ordination.
in a sacramental marriage who desire ordination to the
priesthood must meet, together with their spouse, with
the bishop prior to acceptance as a candidate. They shall
discuss the meaning of simultaneous sacred vows. If the
spouse refuses consent to the candidacy or ordination,
the approval of the presiding bishop must be obtained
in order to continue the ordination process.
necessary, a candidacy period may be established for priest
transferring from another jurisdiction during which period
they would fulfill any educational or other requirements
set down by the bishop.
Holy Orders / Episcopacy:
presiding bishop chooses bishops as appropriate from the
priest of the denomination.
addition to the educational requirements of priests, it
is desirable that a person to be ordained to the episcopate
hold an advanced degree in theology and have been a priest
for no less than three (2) years.
Canon X. Liturgies and Services
Bishop Issues Liturgy. The presiding bishop shall
issue the formal liturgy of the denomination, including
the Mass, the daily offices, the Rites of Sacraments,
and other various services. At the presiding bishop’s
sole discretion, this may include the authorization to
routinely use the liturgies of other denominations.
No Routine Deviation.
No service shall routinely deviate from the issued liturgies
of the denomination or the specifically authorized liturgies
of other denominations
Ecumenical Services. Clergy of this denomination
may participate in ecumenical worship services, including
those that significantly differ from this denomination’s
official liturgy, provided such services do not contradict
basic Christian theology and provided that such events
do not become substitutes for the use of the denomination’s
official liturgy as the basis for worship life.
Interfaith Services. The clergy of this denomination
may participate in multi religious or interfaith services
and events provided that the context makes clear the multi
religious nature and it is obvious that participation
does not in any way imply acceptance of all of the beliefs
expresses in the activity.