Liberal Catholic Ministry

About
Les Ministères ERIC MICHEL Ministries International
is a chapel of the Interdenominational Assembly of Churches, based in the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Founded in 2012 in the Province of Quebec, it has a majority French and English followers. The Incorporation was made and received from Industry Canada on the 2014.07.14 under the number 895170-5 as a Non-Profit Religious Corporation. Please note we do not have a church statue, registered with the government as a religious corporation not-for-profit called a chaplaincy.

The purposes of Eric Michel Ministries International are to promote the Catholic faith, to educate its members, congregants and the public about it’s values, history and religious tradition; to develop educational, theological, spiritual and inspirational material for the benefit of its members, congregations and the general public; to promote charitable acts and causes; to foster fellowship and goodwill among its members, congregants and the public; to promote reason in religion, religious tolerance and freedom of conscience; to promote the moral, ethical and responsible exercise of free will; to promote a free society.

The Syncretism
of Eric Michel Ministries International is base on a merge of two main concepts Catholicism and Methodism with a view of a progressive Christianity as explained by John Shelby “Jack” Spong is a retired American bishop of the Episcopal Church. From 1979 to 2000, he was Bishop of Newark
(based in Newark, New Jersey). He is a liberal Christian theologian, religion commentator and author. He calls for a fundamental rethinking of Christian belief away from theism and traditional doctrines. That is why we call or name ourselve Independent and liberal Christian.

The name Liberal Catholic Church (LCC) is used by a number of separate Christian churches throughout the world which are open to esoteric beliefs and hold many ideas in common. Although the term Liberal Catholic might suggest otherwise, it does not refer to liberal groups within the Roman Catholic Church but to groups within the Independent Catholic movement, unrecognized by and not in communion with the Pope nor the rest of the Catholic Church.

There are essentially two groups of Liberal Catholic churches: those which espouse theosophical ideas and those which do not.

Lead beater Wedgwood was a former Anglican priest who left the Anglican church on becoming a theosophist in 1904. After serving in several high offices in the Theosophical Society, including being general secretary of the society in England and Wales from 1911 to 1913, he was ordained as a priest in the Old Catholic movement on July 22, 1913, by Arnold Harris Mathew. Mathew in turn was a former Roman Catholic priest who had left to be ordained as a bishop in the Old Catholic Church, which had separated from papal authority in 1873 over the issue of papal infallibility. The Old Catholics maintained that their ordinations were valid within the Catholic tradition, and the Liberal Catholic Church thus claims to trace its apostolic succession back to Rome through Old Catholicism.

In 1915 Wedgwood visited Australia in his capacity as Grand Secretary of the Order of Universal CoMasonry (Co-Freemasonry a branch of liberal or adogmatic Freemasonry consisting of mixed-sex lodges), another of the organisations in which he was prominent. On his return to England, he learned that Frederick Samuel Willoughby, a bishop of the Old Catholic Church of Britain, had become enmeshed in a homosexuality scandal and as a result had been suspended by Archbishop Mathew. He also learned that Mathew wanted all the clergy of the church to renounce Theosophy on the grounds that the beliefs of the Church and the Society were incompatible. Shortly afterwards Archbishop Mathew dissolved the Old Catholic Church in Great Britain and published a letter in The Times announcing his intention to return to the Roman Catholic Church.

Few bothered to reply to Archbishop Mathew. Willoughby offered to consecrate Wedgwood to the episcopate, but Wedgwood approached a number of other bishops seeking consecration, including the Old Catholic Archbishop of Utrecht Gerardus Gul (by whom Mathew had originally been consecrated), and Bishop Frederick James, a fellow Theosophist. Eventually, Wedgwood was consecrated as a bishop by Bishop Willoughby on 13 February 1916 with Bishop King and Bishop Gauntlett assisting.

With the Old Catholics continuing to disapprove of Mathew’s creation in Britain, Wedgwood started the organisation that would later become the Liberal Catholic Church, of which he became the first Presiding Bishop. At the same time he maintained his close connections with the Theosophical movement, and many of Wedgwood’s priests and bishops were simultaneously Theosophists.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_Catholic_Church

The EMMI Independent Liberal Catholic Ministry is governed by a “General Episcopal Synods” of all bishops under the General Assembly Symposium of The Interdenominational Assembly of Churches, governing by all its members who recognized it’s authority. The Symposium meets formally once a year in
January or February, and they elect a presiding bishop from among themselves. The Presiding Bishop of the House of Bishops is overseeing all religious aspects of the organization. Also, a House of Elders overlooks the material elements. All under The Chair of the Archbishop and the Divine Sofia.


Beliefs

  1. The EMMI Liberal Catholic in contrary of it’s progressive aspect recognizes the historic seven sacraments, which are: Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Absolution, Extreme Unction, Holy Matrimony, and Holy Orders.
  2. The EMMI Liberal Catholic teaches the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.
  3. The EMMI Liberal Catholic teaches that we are all immortal, both before and after physical death.
  4. The EMMI Liberal Catholic teaches that in the Holy Eucharist the substance of the bread and wine become linked, or polarized, on the Life of the Christ and become literal outposts of His Life and His Consciousness. And that the Holy Eucharist is designed to help those who physically take part, and to pour out a flood of spiritual power upon the surrounding world. (The Church has open communion.)
  5. The Church teaches that the Minor orders (Cleric/Tonsure, Doorkeeper, Reader, Exorcist, Acolyte and Subdeacon) are intended primarily to assist the candidate in his own spiritual growth and life and that the Major orders (Deacon, Priest, and Bishop) are intended primarily to assist the Christian Community. (Clergy are allowed to marry.)
  6. The EMMI Liberal Catholic teaches that the Holy Bible, the Creeds, and the Traditions of the Church are the means by which the teachings of Christ have been handed down to His followers. They are fundamental, true, and sufficient as a basis for right understanding and right conduct.
  7. The EMMI Liberal Catholic teaches that all Christian worship is valid, of whatever kind, so long as it is earnest and true.
  8. The EMMI Liberal Catholic teaches that everyone shall “one day reach His Feet, however far they stray.”
  9. The EMMI Liberal Catholic teach that the “dead” pass to a life of higher service, where there is available to them the “felicity of the Presence, evermore “. What we shall experience “at His Feet” is conscious life in Christ.
  10. The EMMI Liberal Catholic include ordination of women to all Holy Orders up to Bishop (Archbishop).

The Liberal Catholic Church teaches the existence of God, infinite, eternal, transcendent and immanent. He is the one essence from which all forms of existence are derived. ‘In him we live and move and have our being’ (Acts 17:28).

God manifests in his universe as a Trinity, called in the Christian religion Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three Persons in one God, co-equal and co-eternal; the Father the cause of all, the Son the Word who was made flesh and dwelt among us, the Holy Spirit the life-giver, the inspirer and sanctifier.

Man is a complex of spirit, soul and body. The spirit of man made in the image of God is divine in essence. Therefore he cannot cease to exist, he is eternal and his future is one whose glory and splendour have no limit.

Christ ever lives as a mighty spiritual presence in the world, guiding and sustaining his people. The divinity which was manifest in him is gradually being unfolded in every man until each shall come ‘unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ’ (Eph. 4:13).

The world is the theatre of an ordered plan, according to which the spirit of man, by repeatedly expressing himself in varying conditions of life and experience, continually unfolds his powers. This spiritual unfoldment takes place under an inviolable law of cause and effect. ‘Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap’ (Gal. 6:7). His doings in each physical incarnation largely determine his experience after death in the intermediate world (or world of purgation) and the heavenly world, and greatly influence the circumstances of his next birth. Man is a link in a vast chain of life extending from the highest to the lowest. As he helps those below him, so also he is helped by those who stand above him on the ladder of life, receiving thus a free gift of grace. There is a communion of saints, just men made perfect or holy ones, who help mankind. There is a ministry of angels.

Man has ethical duties to himself and to others. ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment and the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and Prophets’ (Matt.22:37-40). It is the duty of man to learn to discern the divine light in himself and others, that light ‘which lighteth every man’ (John. 1:9). Because men are sons of God they are brothers and inseparably linked together. That which harms one harms the entire brotherhood. Hence a man owes it as a duty to the God both within himself and others, first, to endeavour constantly to live up to the highest that is in him, thereby enabling that God within himself to become more perfectly manifest, secondly, to recognize the fact of that brotherhood by constant effort towards unselfishness, by love of, consideration for, and service to his fellow-men. The service of humanity, reverence for all life and the sacrifice of the lower self to the higher are laws of
spiritual growth.

Christ instituted various sacraments in which an inward and spiritual grace is given to us through an outward and visible sign. There are seven rites which may be ranked as sacraments, namely, Baptism, Confirmation, the Holy Eucharist, Absolution, Holy Unction, Holy Matrimony, Holy Orders. The doctrine of these sacraments is sufficiently set forth in the authorized Liturgy of The Liberal Catholic Church. Christ, the living head of the church which he founded, is the true minister of all sacraments.

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