Liberal Catholics

Jesus is a Liberal welcomes Liberal Catholics!

Liberal Catholics come from all countries, all walks of life and all Catholic sects, churches and
beliefs.  One of the most interesting insights that comes from travelling internationally - be it
South America, Europe, North America, Africa, Australia or Asia, is that the predominant
character of the global Catholic culture is a Liberal one.  We welcome all Liberal Catholics -
whether members of the official Liberal Catholic Church or now - to share with us your thoughts,
your beliefs, and your hopes.

The very term Catholic means universal, but the word has also come to stand for the outlook and
practice of the historical church as distinct from that of the later sects - we seek to distinguish
and support liberal Catholics.  While Liberal Catholics are allied with historical tradition, wet
combine the Catholic form of worship — its stately ritual, its deep mysticism, and its abiding
witness to the reality of sacramental grace — with the widest measure of intellectual liberty and
respect for the individual conscience and choice.  John F. Kennedy and John Kerry are classic -
though not atypical - Liberal Catholics.  

We Liberal Catholics believe that the vitality of a church and a community gains in proportion as
our members increasingly draw their central inspiration from an intense faith in the LIVING
CHRIST in conjunction with life experience in the real world, personal growth and spiritual
maturity.  We believe that central to our liberal Catholic faith is Christian worship - of whatever
kind, so long as it be earnest, genuine and true.  We regard the Holy scriptures, the Creeds,
and the Traditions of the Church as the means by which the teachings of Christ may be handed
down to His followers.  

Besides perpetuating these sacramental rites, Christ’s immediate followers handed down in
His Church a body of doctrine and certain principles of ethics. Some of this original teaching
of Christ has been lost, changed, interpreted and some of it has been obscured by the various
"accretions" of the ages.  What remains is a priceless heritage to be guarded with loving care
and reverence.

This is why we Liberal Catholics regard the fundamental teachings of Christ - as portrayed in
His Sermon on the Mount - as the primary, true, sufficient and compelling basis of all right
understanding and right conduct.  We affirm a liberal, compassionate, forgiving, loving Jesus.
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Biblical Quotes Supporting the Belief that Jesus Is A Liberal

Peacemaking, not War Making: Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. [Matthew 5:9]  
Resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. [Matthew 5:39]  I say unto you,
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despite-fully use you,
and persecute you; [Matthew 5:44]

The Death Penalty: Thou shalt not kill [Matthew 5:21]

Crime and Punishment: If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to cast a stone at her. [John 8:7]  Do not judge,
lest you too be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be
measured to you. [Matthew 7:1 & 2.]   

Justice: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  [Matthew 5:6] Blessed are
the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy [Matthew 5:7]  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father
forgive your trespasses.  [Matthew 6:15]

Corporate Greed and the Religion of Wealth: In the temple courts [Jesus] found men selling cattle, sheep and doves and other
sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and
cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. [John 2:14 & 15.] Watch out! Be on your
guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. [Luke 12.15.]  Truly, I say
unto you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew 19:23] You cannot serve both God and
Money. [Matthew 6:24.]

Paying Taxes & Separation of Church & State: Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the
things that are God's.  [Matthew 22:21]  

Community:  Love your neighbor as yourself. .[Matthew 22:39]  So in everything, do to others as you would have them do to
you.[Matthew 7:12.]  If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in
heaven. [Matthew 19:21]  

Equality & Social Programs: But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be
blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just. [Luke 14:13 &14.]  

Public Prayer & Displays of Faith: And when thou pray, thou shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing
in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their
reward.  But thou, when thou pray, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in
secret… [Matthew 6:6 & 7]

Strict Enforcement of Religious Laws: If any of you has a son or a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take
hold of it and lift it out?  [Matthew 12:11] The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. [Mark 2:27.]

Individuality & Personal Spiritual Experience: Ye are the light of the world. [Matthew 5:14]

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                Why is Jesus a Liberal?

Webster's dictionary defines a Liberal as one who is
open minded, not strict in the observance of orthodox,
traditional or established forms or ways.  Jesus was a
pluralist Liberal who taught that one need not conform
to strict and orthodox views of God, religion, and life.  
He rejected greed, violence, the glorification of power,
the amassing of wealth without social balance, and the
personal judging of others, their lifestyles and beliefs.

Over and over again, He taught us to believe in and live
a spiritual and ethical life based in our essential,
inherent goodness.  What Jesus promoted was
succinct set of spiritual principals and a way of life
based upon the of love, compassion, tolerance, and a
strong belief in the importance in giving and of
generosity to those in need.  

While not Biblical scholars, our common sense
understanding of His lessons as philosophically and
politically Liberal is founded upon Jesus' own words
(see quotes below), modern interpretations of
Liberation Theology, and in the positive, loving and
compassionate application of His teachings - from the
many early Saints to Mother Theresa and Liberation
Theology.

Certainly, Jesus brought a radically Liberal theology to
the Orthodox believers of his time. Jesus IS a Liberal
even today because now more than ever, His principals
align with the very core of Liberal Beliefs.
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