Welcometo the website of The National Catholic Church of North America (TNCCNA). Please browse this site and hopefully you will find some helpful information.
Our Jurisdiction is represented in Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, and Oregon. If you are in any of these areas and would like to contact us there, please visit the "Ministries & Ministers" page for contact information.
St. Francis of Assisi is our patron saint and several of our priests have Franciscan backgrounds.
A note about "Catholic"...
What does "Catholic" mean? Dictionaries describe catholic as:
- broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like;
- having sympathies with all; broad-minded;
- universal in extent; involving all; of interest to all;
- pertaining to the whole Christian body or church.
Catholic history is much more complicated than most people realize. The greater Catholic Church has split a fair number of times, generally over matters of discipline and governance, much more rarely over matters of faith. The two largest splits - usually called schisms - are those with the Eastern Orthodox in 1054 and with the Anglican Communion in 1534. Both the Orthodox and the Anglicans can properly be called Catholics.
In 1870 another large schism occurred when a group of European Bishops broke away from the Roman Catholic Church when Rome began to "declare" new dogma - that is new articles of faith - which is something that had been considered impossible up to that time.
The things that all Catholics were to believe had been written down in great detail and sealed before the year 1000. This "Deposit of Faith" had been considered complete until Rome began changing it during the First Vatican Council, which opened in 1869.
The group of Catholics that broke with Rome over the issue declared themselves to be "Old Catholics", meaning that they were staying with Old Catholicism and rejecting the New Catholicism that they believed Rome wanted to implement.
Ever since 1870, these Independent Catholics have remained "true" to the original roots of the faith. Most of these Independent Catholic jurisdictions believe the same tenets of faith. There is a unity in the faith. But each jurisdiction is separately organized and managed - therefore, it is important not to confuse matters of faith with matters of church governance.