Bishop Francis Krebs
Ecumenical Catholic Church moves to
St. Louis, installs new bishop
Just as many were preparing for Pope Francis' visit to the U.S., there was another Francis on Friday throwing his own separate Catholic celebration.
The Ecumenical Catholic Church, an independent U.S. denomination with about 10,000 members, has moved its national headquarters to St. Louis.
On Friday, Francis Krebs, a pastor at Sts. Clare & Francis in Webster Groves, became the organization's new presiding bishop at a ceremony celebrated in English and Spanish at Eden Theological Seminary -- the group's host institution.
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An Independent "Catholic" Church Is Moving its Headquarters to St. Louis
by Nicholas Phillips September 08, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Can you be passionate about ordaining women priests, support gay marriage, hold your wedding outdoors and still call yourself "Catholic"?
Folks in the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC) do.
The ECC is not a huge denomination, nationally. It claims about 10,000 adherents at 51 parishes in 20 different states. But this American church that worships with a very similar liturgy to Roman Catholics is not exactly fly-by-night, either: It traces its origins to a group of Europeans who split off from Rome in 1870 by refusing to recognize the infallibility, or supreme spiritual authority, of the pope.
These days, it's using the Roman Catholic church's unpopular stances on social issues to carve out room for itself. And on September 18, the ECC is moving its headquarters from Los Angeles to Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, because its new national leader, Reverend Frank Krebs, is a St. Louisan.
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An initiative of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion to be coordinated
with Roman Catholic reform groups
A Declaration of the Faithful:
What We Catholic Parents Teach & What We Learn From Our Families
In this Declaration we make clear and affirm the necessity of the co-equal role of the faithful in forming Catholic Church teachings. We note that the second session of the Vatican Synod on the Family will convene in October 2015 and that contributions have been asked from all levels of the Church: bishops, priests, and all the faithful who identify with the Catholic faith tradition and who are looking to bring reconciliation to the entire Church. In this contribution we draw on scripture, tradition, and, in particular, the lived experience of the faithful; we believe when the inputs below are fully deliberated, reconciliation can follow on the disputed issues.
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