What we believe.

Mexican Orthodox Apostolic Catholic Church holds to the early church model where all bishops are equal, and no bishop is higher than another. We observe the seven sacraments of the Catholic Faith. We use the Nicene Creed as our statement of faith. We affirm the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and our communion is “open” to all baptized Christians. Even if you are not a baptized Christian, we welcome you to come to the altar during communion for a blessing. The individual's primacy of conscience in ethical matters is stressed. 

 

Who is welcome in the Mexican Orthodox Apostolic Catholic Church?  

Everyone. Every Mexican Orthodox Apostolic Church (Spanish: Iglesia Ortodoxa Católica Apostólica Mexicana or ICAM) jurisdiction accepts all people and rejects no one.  We invite and welcome full participation in the life and sacraments of the church by all regardless of their station in life, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, race, or even prior faith or religious history. We are a church of inclusion, not exclusion. People of all walks of life’s journey are welcome. No exceptions. Jesus stated: “I came that they may have life and life to the fullest.” The witness of Jesus was that of presence to the rich and poor, the ordinary citizen and the outcast-should we do less? No! Therefore, you are welcome to come as you are.

 

What will I find at a Mexican Orthodox Apostolic Catholic Church?

The Mexican Orthodox Apostolic Church, while existing within the bosom of the Eastern Orthodox Church, has an entirely “Western Catholic” liturgical life, as it includes translated and adapted Latin liturgical texts for the Divine Office, the Mass (Divine Liturgy), the Sacraments, and various Blessings; forms for the observance of the Western Church Year and the old Roman sanctoral kalendar; the use of Gregorian chant as well as other forms of traditional Western church music and hymnody; ceremonial acts, vestments, architecture, ecclesiastical arts, popular piety, and ethos.

People like you who long for the sacramental life of the Church without divisive politics and dogmas that exclude people from seeking God’s love. You will find our liturgies to be faithful to the traditions of the Universal (catholic) Church. You will find every honest attempt by the clergy to do their very best to teach God’s fundamental lessons of loving-kindness, redemption, and peace. Why the Mexican Orthodox Apostolic Catholic Church?- We observe authentic catholic liturgies emphasizing the divine nature of God and our humble worship before God;- Our worship is authentic and deeply spiritual;- Thinking is allowed - your common sense is welcome;- We will never discriminate against you under any circumstances for any reason, ever;- We are radically inclusive - all races, colors, ethnicities, orientations, single, married, divorced, LGBTQ, etc. - Birth control is a matter of personal conscience rather than a rigid dogma of shame;- We will officiate, recognize and bless same-sex marriages and unions;- Non-Catholics or people from other traditions are always welcome - let us share our spirituality with you;- No guilt, never shame. The church is not a club for the self-righteous; it is a place for worship and healing.

This Is the Faith of the Mexican Orthodox Apostolic Catholic Church as Defined by Holy Scripture, Holy Tradition, Ecumenical Councils, and the Documents of the Mexican Orthodox Apostolic Catholic Church:

  • Our faith is primarily about following the teachings of Jesus

  • We believe in The Holy Trinity – that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

  • We believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Holy Trinity, who came in the flesh.

  • We believe that Jesus Christ is the clear image of who God is.

  • We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to atone for sin and rose from the dead per the Scriptures.

  • We believe that Jesus is coming again to establish the eternal Kingdom of God on the earth.

  • We believe that God created everything that exists.

  • We believe that the “Catholic Church” has always meant the church that teaches and affirms what all Christians everywhere have always believed. We reject the new doctrine that “Catholic” means being in union with the Bishop of Rome, aka Roman Catholic.  We believe in the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

  •  We believe Baptism washes away original sin.

  • We believe in the resurrection of the dead.

  • We believe in the three historic creeds: Nicene, Apostles, and Athanasian.

  • We believe that the Catholic faith was established by Ecumenical Councils guided by the Holy Spirit.

  • We believe that there were seven Ecumenical Councils of the whole church: The Council of Nicea (325),

      The Council of Constantinople (381), The Council of Ephesus (431), The Council of Chalcedon (451), The Second Council of Constantinople (453), The Third Council of Constantinople (680-681), The Second Council of Nicea (787).

  • We believe that all other “Councils” after 1054 were not Ecumenical Councils since the whole church did not meet together, but they were Synods of a part of the entire church; therefore, their decisions are not binding on the entire church.

  • We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. We take the Bible seriously but not always literally.

  • We believe that the apocryphal or deutero-canonical books of the Old Testament are not of the same canonicity as the books contained in the Hebrew Canon – they are suitable for personal edification and spiritual growth, not for doctrine.

  • We believe that the Bible in the original languages is superior to anyone's translation.

  • We believe that the Bible should be read in the common language that the people understand (English in England, French in France, German in Germany, etc.).

  • We believe in and maintain Apostolic Succession.

  • We believe that the guidance of the Early Church Fathers and Mothers is part of Holy Tradition.

  • We believe that the church's liturgy should be conducted in the common language that the people understand.

  • We believe that faith and works are required of us by God (because we do what we think).

  • We believe that no amount of good deeds can earn salvation. Salvation comes by God’s grace through Jesus Christ.  

  • We believe that God’s love will save absolutely everyone in the end

  • We respect and honor but do not worship the Saints of the church; we do not believe that they have earned some sort of extra salvation that can be transferred to others.

  • We believe in seven Sacraments of the church:  Baptism, Confirmation or Holy Eucharist, Anointing of the Sick, Absolution--Confession, and Reconciliation Marriage Holy Orders.

  • We believe that the Sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist are the primary Sacraments of the church.

  • We believe that the Eucharistic celebration is not a continual sacrifice or a re-sacrifice of Christ. Still, its sacrificial character consists in that it is a permanent memorial of Christ’s sacrifice that was offered once forever on the cross.

  • We believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist – that the bread and wine are the Body and Blood of Christ.

  • We believe that the Sacrament of the Eucharist is open to all who are baptized, regardless of their personal views regarding the character of the Eucharist.

  • We believe that celibacy for those in Holy Orders is a personal decision and voluntary, not required.

  • We believe that the practice of confession of sins before the congregation or a Priest is a Sacrament passed down to us by the Catholic Church, but it is not required for forgiveness of sins.

  • We believe that the doctrines of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary are new teaching that has crept into the church and is not the product of the Catholic Church; neither does it reflect the teaching of the Catholic Church; therefore, it is a new idea that crept into the church and is neither binding on the Catholic Church to observe, nor is it binding on any person to accept. 

  • As Bishop of Rome, we believe that the pope is an heir to the apostolic authority and ministry of the Apostles; therefore, the Bishop of Rome is respected.

  • We believe that all Bishops hold an equal apostolic calling and authority, and no one See is above in authority over any other.

  • We believe that the idea that the Bishop of Rome is the ruler of the church is not in keeping with the Catholic Church. Still, it is a new idea that crept into the church and is neither binding on the Catholic Church to observe nor binding any person to accept.

  • We believe that marriage is a Sacrament, but divorce and remarriage are realities.

  • We do not believe that divorce is the “unforgivable sin,” nor do we believe that divorce should bar anyone from the ministry and Sacraments of the church.  

  • We believe in teaching what the whole church has always taught everywhere. We do not teach theological speculation, new and controversial doctrines, nor do we think of debating or arguing them with anyone.

  • We believe that the church cannot compel anyone to believe anything and that it is not the church's role to impose “faith” on anyone, in and out of the church.

  • We believe the role of the clergy is to guide morality and faith by being examples, not by being authoritarians. The clergy serves the church; they do not impose their will on it.

  • We believe that the Catholic Church combats unbelief and religious indifference by faithfully professing the doctrine of Jesus Christ, by refusing to admit human error into the teaching of the Catholic Church, by weeding out any abuses of the church, and by the clergy living simple lives of faith that serve as examples to others.

  • We believe that peace is the will of God. God created the world in peace, and God’s peace is most fully revealed in Jesus Christ, who is our peace and the peace of the whole world. Led by the Holy Spirit, we follow Christ in the way of peace, doing justice, bringing reconciliation, and practicing nonresistance even in the face of violence and warfare.

  • We believe in the responsible stewardship of our planet.

  • We believe that there is nothing in the teaching of the Catholic Church as expressed in her Holy Tradition and the Seven Ecumenical Councils that impedes anyone from participating in Holy Orders; therefore, ALL Holy Orders are open to men and women regardless of marital state or sexual orientation, or gender identity.

  • We believe in and advocate for the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the church and society.No sexuality and gender identity is inherently sinful.

  • We believe in and support marriage equality, trusting that God celebrates the love between two consenting adults, despite gender or other variables, including physical or sexual ability.

  • We believe contraception is a personal decision.

  • We believe in being genuinely Pro-Life, in that we consider all life to be sacred, and we believe that Pro-Life has to do with the quality of life for all people; therefore, we are pro-education, anti-poverty, anti-violence, anti-war, pro-health care, and oppose torture and the death penalty. We also believe that Pro-Choice is not incompatible with any of this. Pro-Life cannot be limited to “Pro-Birth,” and Pro-Choice does not mean “Pro-Abortion.”

  • We believe life begins at the "first breath." (Genesis).  Click here for more.

  • All persons who have received a Trinitarian baptism are Christians and Disciples of Christ by virtue of that baptism. 

  • All persons who have received a Trinitarian baptism and adhere to the ancient Catholic faith expressed by the Nicene Creed are Catholics. 

  • All Christians holding the fullness of the Catholic and Apostolic faith, regardless of their church affiliation, are regarded as communion with us and maybe received in fellowship and admitted to the sacraments and receive pastoral care.