CACINA

To All People of Good Will

Posted in Uncategorized by cacina on December 31, 2008

Pastoral response from the Presiding Bishop of The Catholic Apostolic Church in North America (CACINA) on behalf of the College of Bishops of CACINA to the Bishop of Rome’s discriminatory statements against the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community

 

December 30, 2008.

Who is It Who Speaks for Us?

(Quisnam est is quisnam fatur nobis)?

 

By divine institution Holy Church is structured and governed with a wonderful diversity. “For just as in one body we have many members, yet all members have not the same function, so we, the many, are one body in Christ, but severally members one of another” (Rom. 12:4-5).

Therefore, the chosen People of God is one: “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Eph. 4:5). As members, they share a common dignity from their rebirth in Christ. They have the same filial grace and vocation to perfection.

They possess in common one salvation, one hope, and one undivided charity. Hence, there is in Christ and in the Church no inequality on the basis of race or nationality, social condition or sex, because “there is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither male nor female. For you are all ‘one’ in Christ Jesus: (Gal 3:28).[1]

 

 

+ To All People of Good Will:

 

The Grace and Peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, The Love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all!

 

The Catholic Apostolic Church of North America (CACINA) is greatly saddened by the recent remarks made by the Bishop of Rome regarding our brothers and sisters who have been hurt by the Vatican’s less than Christ-like pronouncements about a dimension of our community who are already oppressed in our society, and are now again made more vulnerable to sanctioned discrimination by the inflammatory opinion expressed by the leader of the Roman Catholic church.

 

We the CACINA Catholics declare that Rome does not speak for every Catholic and we of CACINA as Catholics reject the recent statement from the Vatican, which seeks to divide the Church of Christ even further from her mission to all people.  In the name of Catholicism, Rome often assumes that she speaks for all who claim the ancient Tradition of Catholicism. She does not. We of CACINA also represent a voice of Catholicism, which contrary to Rome’s opinion, has experienced the value and richness that diversity brings to our individual, communal, and most importantly our ecclesial life.

 

CACINA, like Rome, derives her authority from Jesus Christ, her Apostolic authenticity to Teach on matters of dogma, faith, and morals from the Apostolic succession of Duarte Costa, and is guided by the Holy Spirit to be a healing and loving witness to the Catholic Church of Jesus Christ in this time and place.

 

We are reminded by Christ, who after he fed the five thousand told us: “to gather up the fragments, so the nothing might be lost” (Jn. 6: 1-14). These words of Christ have no explicit or implied admonition to only feed those who are like us or who love the way we think they should love. No, Christ only tells us to feed my lambs!

 

We are guided by the Holy Spirit to remind our Roman brethren of that astonishing moment in the history of the Roman church when the Spirit of God inspired the church to proclaim at Vatican Council II:

 

Thanks to the experience of past ages, the progress of the sciences, and the treasures hidden in various forms of human culture, the nature of man himself is more clearly revealed and new roads to truth are opened. These benefits profit the Church, too. For, from the beginning of her history, she has learned to express the message of Christ with the help of the ideas and terminology of various peoples, and has tried to clarify with the wisdom of philosophers, too.[2]

 

 

We of CACINA are guided by the Holy Spirit to make conscious for ourselves and all who hold and teach the Catholic faith, that we will be judged by every word which proceeds from our mouth. “For God’s Word, by whom all things were made, was Himself made flesh so that as a perfect man He might save all and sum up all things in Himself…”[3]

 

We the bishops of CACINA, compelled by our experience of the all inclusive love of God, Incarnate in Jesus Christ and living in His Church do not accept our Roman brothers discriminatory rhetoric, which lays a theological and ecclesial foundation for acts of discrimination and violence to human beings everywhere.

 

Finally, we the bishops of CACINA in the name of other Catholics offer our deepest apology to all who have been hurt and ostracized by a theology so limited that it attempts to have us believe that God’s powerful expression of love in his Church could be so diminished by our love of each other.

 

The Proclamation of this Pastoral Letter from the CACINA College of Bishops is to be read in all the parishes of the Church,  is given under Our Seal and Signature on this 31 Day of December, the Feast of ST. SYLVESTER I, POPE, in the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the United State of America.

 

 

Most Reverend Anthony Santore, FCR

Presiding Bishop of the Catholic Apostolic Church in North America

 


[1] Abbott, Walter .M. S.J., ED. The Documents of Vatican II, New York: Herder and Herder Press, 1966, p. 58

 

[2] Abbott, Walter .M. S.J., ED. The Documents of Vatican II, New York: Herder and Herder Press, 1966, p. 246

[3] IBID

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  1. Jackson said, on May 16, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Keep it up, bookmarked and referred a few friends.


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