|How We Compare
With Other Denominations
Roman Catholic Church
Old Catholic Churches
The Episcopal Church is a major denomination that is the most similar to the Catholic Church of the
Americas. Its theology is orthodox and its liturgy is traditional. Like the CCA, it ordains women and
lesbian people within its clergy, some of them quite open, the denomination has yet to
“categorically authorize” the ordination of gays and lesbians. Any such ordinations still make major
headlines. Traditional Episcopalians are adamantly against the ordination of openly LGBTQ
persons. Like the CCA, the Episcopal Church approves the sacrament of marriage to same-gender
couples as a symbol of Christ’s unconditional love.
Metropolitan Community Church
The Metropolitan Community Church is the largest and most widely recognized denomination
with a direct outreach to the LGBTQ community. Although made up of Christians from all
backgrounds, the MCC is thoroughly Protestant in both its polity and liturgy. The government
of the denomination is congregational in nature and the liturgy is typically a blend of
“mainline” worship. While MCC liturgy includes the Eucharist, it is often not focused around
Furthermore, while the bylaws of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community
Churches accept the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds, these Creeds are rarely used in worship,
Our liturgy, polity and theology are very close to the Roman Catholic Church. In fact,
an honest Roman Catholic would find it difficult to find a major difference between us.
On many theologically trivial but socially vital issues, however, we are diametrically
opposed to the teachings of Rome. We believe in optional celibacy for clergy,
ordination of women, celebration of the Eucharist in the home, rejection of violence
and participation of the laity in the election of bishops. Furthermore, we do not believe
that one’s sexuality really has anything to do with marriage. Sacraments are spiritual
commitments that should not be denied the people of God for irrelevant reasons. We
believe that whether or not to use birth control and under what circumstances are
decisions best left to a married couple. While we discourage divorce, we do not
demand an annulment for the divorced to remarry within the Church or be fully
participating members of the Catholic Church of the Americas.
Many people who have been condemned by Rome would be welcomed into the CCA.
Catholics,” have separated from the Roman, Anglican or other major denominations for
theological or liturgical reasons. Some of these groups hold on to older worship forms such
points of theology such as the Immaculate Conception. For these reasons, these groups
often dwell in the past and do not readily associate with the parent bodies.
worship is contemporary and congruent with the mainline liturgical denominations. Our
theology is modern. We are inspired by the opportunities to work side-by-side and along
with the mainline churches, so long as our open and all-inclusive ministry, witness and love
are not hindered.
Because these issues are social in nature, rather than theological, we stand in opposition to
most of the Christian denominations on these vital points. Genderism, homophobia and
sex-negativity are certainly not uniquely Roman Catholic. Even the generally liberal
mainline Protestants have not successfully corrected the problems.
Generally, the Lutheran Church is liturgical but not as directly focused on the Eucharist as
we are (and other Catholics).
With the modern Lutheran Church we share a theology that Truth must stand up when
wronged. Like Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-Five Theses on the church door, we are
boldly making our claim against the sexism and the homophobia which pervades not just the
Church, but our whole society.