The Ecumenical Catholic Communion is a Communion of Communities: men, women and children baptized in Christ dedicated to the call of the Holy Spirit. Emmaus ECC is a Catholic Community affiliated with the National Ecumenical Catholic Communion. We bear witness to the Gospel message of liberation and justice and offer refuge to those who suffer prejudice. We are a safe harbor. We stand in open dialogue with others and try to conform our lives to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
The Ecumenical Catholic Communion shares a common theology and liturgical tradition with the universal Catholic Church. Our bishops, priests and deacons participate in the same apostolic succession as does the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Churches and other apostolic sacramental churches.
Distinctives: Although we share a common theology and liturgical tradition with the Catholic Church, we have, and will continue to develop Distinctive Teachings to express our growing understanding at the implications of the Gospel message of Christ in our time. These teachings include -- that each baptized person is an equal member of the Catholic Church and this equality must be evident in Synodal and local governance and ministry; that all the baptized, irrespective of marital status or sexual orientation and relationship, are welcome to celebrate the sacraments; that the ministerial priesthood in the ECC is open to all the baptized, regardless of gender, sexual orientation and relationships, or marital status; and that in intimate affairs, such as the decision to divorce and the use of artificial birth control, the ECC follows the primacy of an individual's conscience.
All members participate in selecting bishops and pastors. This practice has historic precedence in Catholic tradition. "He is to govern all and should be chosen by all." (Pope Leo I in 450)
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Communion (ECC) has experienced significant growth since its founding over 10
years ago. As a result, there has been an emerging need to evolve a somewhat
different form of organization – in essence away from one national diocese under
the pastoral leadership of the Presiding Bishop, to a network of semi-autonomous
dioceses across several continents, each having their own synodal structure and
episcopal leadership, while each remains in meaningful relationship with one
another. This is the model that was envisioned and intended by the founders of
the Communion. Within the Communion’s constitution, and other key documents,
there are some principles and parameters to help guide this development.
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The Ecumenical Catholic Communion elected Bishop Francis Krebs as our new Presiding Bishop at the 2014 Synod.