Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean to be Ecumenical and Catholic?
The ECC understand the word “ecumenical” to mean that persons of all Christian faith traditions are welcome to the Eucharistic table; that unity among all Christians is actively supported; and that mutual understanding and respect with those of other religions is sought through dialogue and mutual cooperation in the endeavor for peace and justice in the world.
The ECC upholds catholic tradition with respect to the following:
- The teachings and person of Jesus Christ
- The Hebrew Bible and New Testament
- The Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed
- The Sacramental and Liturgical practices
- Apostolic Tradition and Succession
Who is the governing authority within the ECC?
The ECC’s constitutional document was ratified by both clergy and lay persons present at the ECC 2003 Convocation. This Constitution establishes a polity structure including a House of Laity, a House of Pastors and an Episcopal Council—all possessing roles of decision-making and leadership in governing the Communion.
What is the process for ordination in the ECC?
The ECC attempts to create a nurturing path to ordination for all levels of interest. There are established guidelines for those who have identified their calling and for those who have already been validly ordained in the Roman Catholic Church or other Christian denominations.
What is the ECC’s understanding of clerical celibacy?
Clerical celibacy was not a requirement until 1274. The ECC follows the teachings of Jesus and allows individuals to respond to God’s call freely. As a result, marriage and ordination are not mutually exclusive.
What is the ECC’s understanding of same-gender sexual relationships?
The ECC is an open and affirming Communion recognizing the value and dignity of every person. All sexual relationships are to be guided by the Christian moral principles of love and fidelity. The ECC upholds the ideal of committed relationships blessed by the sacred rites of the church. The ECC believes that all questions of sexual morality are best addressed through pastoral care and counseling.
Where are the ECC communities located?
ECC communities can be found across the United States. For further information, go to www.ecumenical-catholic-communion.org