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A Lutheran Church in the
Evangelical Catholic Tradition
A Lutheran Church in the
Evangelical Catholic Tradition
The Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church
A Lutheran Church in the
Evangelical Catholic Tradition
A Lutheran Church
in the Catholic Tradition



















The Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church considers Lutherans to be
Catholics in a temporary, involuntary schism imposed on them by the
Roman Catholic Church when Father Martin Luther's attempt to start a
renewal movement within and for the Roman Catholic Church slipped
out of his control. This Church teaches that Lutheranism in general is
a form of non-Roman Catholicism. It considers the other Lutheran
Churches to be "Protestant" only to the extent that they have accepted
insights from the Calvinist and Zwinglian phases of the Reformation.

The Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church accepts the unaltered Augsburg
Confession, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, and Martin
Luther's Small Catechism insofar as they are trustworthy witnesses to
the Gospel and in accord with authentic Catholic Faith and Tradition.
Insofar as they are in accord with authentic Catholic Faith and
Tradition, the ALCC recognizes the remainder of The Book of Concord
except the Formula of Concord insofar as they are trustworthy
witnesses to the Gospel and in accord with authentic Catholic Faith
and Tradition. The ALCC does not accept the final document in The
Book of Concord, i.e., The Formula of Concord, but recognizes and
respects it as a historical Lutheran document. The ALCC has
accepted major modifications in Sacramental Theology and Principles
of Church Government from the (Lutheran) Church of Sweden, the
Oxford Movement of the Anglican Communion, and the documents
and teachings of the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church
which includes the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994).

This Church is unique among Lutheran Churches in that it accepts as
additional confessional documents, the "Articles of Religion" from the
"Book of Common Prayer" as interpreted by John Henry Cardinal
Newman in "Tracts for the Times" (insofar as they do not conflict with
authentic Catholic faith and tradition), the Roman Catholic - Lutheran
"Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification" (Augsburg,
Germany, 1999); the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the
documents and decrees of all Ecumenical Councils recognized by the
Roman Catholic Church. The ALCC's strongest connections are with
the Roman Catholic Church, and some form of visible, corporate unity
with that Church is the ecumenical goal of the ALCC.

The Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church accepts Papal Primacy and
Papal Infallibility, but is not legally under Papal authority at this time.
The Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church is theologically and socially
conservative, with the same view of the nature and authority of
Scripture as the Roman Catholic Church.

The polity of the Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church is episcopal rather
than congregationalist, and follows the model of the Roman Catholic
Church.

The Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church has never had female clergy for
the same reasons the Roman Catholic Church rejects the ordination
of women; and has placed a moratorium on the ordination of women
until such time as it is ordered by a Pope (for the diaconate) or an
Ecumenical Council (for the priesthood and episcopacy). The ALCC
has the same policy on the ordination of homosexuals as does the
Roman Catholic Church as defined by Pope Benedict XVI. This
Church does not permit the blessing of same-sex unions.

The clergy of the Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church have all been
ordained (or re-ordained) in the historic Apostolic Succession, which it
obtained from the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of the Americas and
the Apostolic Episcopal Church. The primary Apostolic Lineage of the
The Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church is the Duarte Costa lineage of
the Rebiban or Vatican Succession. All ordinations are performed
using the rites of the most current edition of the Ordinal from The
Pontifical of the Roman Catholic Church set within a celebration of the
Mass using the Eucharistic rites of the Roman Catholic Church.

The worship of the Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church is dignified and
sacramental. It differs from other Lutheran Churches by recognizing
and celebrating seven sacraments (Baptism, Holy Communion,
Confirmation, Reconciliation/Penance, Unction, Holy
Matrimony/Marriage, and Holy Orders/Ordination). The primary liturgy
of the ALCC is the Roman Catholic Anglican Use Book of Divine
Worship. Any other rites approved and authorized for use by the
appropriate Congregation of the Curia of the Roman Catholic Church
may also be used by ALCC clergy.


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Next Holy Mass:
Our Metropolitan Archbishop,
the Most Rev. Irl A. Gladfelter
The Anglo-Lutheran Catholic
Church has five archdioceses in
the United States, and two
non-geographic archdioceses,
one serving sub-Saharan Africa
and sub-Saharan African
immigrants in the United States,
and the other serving Vietnamese
immigrants in the United States. It
is organized and active in Canada,
Sudan, and Kenya; and is a
member of the Augustana
Evangelical Catholic Communion,
The Sudanese Council of
Churches U.S.A., and the
Sudanese Council of Churches.
The Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church is a Church in the Lutheran
Evangelical Catholic tradition. It is unique among Lutheran Churches
in that it is of both Lutheran and Anglo-Catholic heritage, and has
been significantly influenced by the Roman Catholic Church. The
ALCC was founded in 1997 by former members of the Lutheran
Church - Missouri Synod. Its headquarters is in Kansas City,
Missouri. The ALCC has two theological seminaries: Wittenberg
Lutheran Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, and The Alcuin Institute
of the Trans-Pecos in Alpine, Texas which is also an institute for
research in biblical and ancient Near Eastern languages.
Our Archbishop for the Middle
Atlantic States and New England,
the Most Rev. Raymond W. Copp
The ALCC is governed by a
Metropolitan Archbishop who is
assisted by the Holy Synod (which
consists of the bishops of the Church
and which is concerned with matters
of doctrine and polity) and a National
Standing Committee which includes
lay members and is concerned with
temporal administration and finance.
The ALCC operates in accordance
with the Canon Law Code of the
Roman Catholic Church (1983) in
areas not covered by its own Canon
Law Code or that of the Augustana
Evangelical Catholic Communion
(AECC), of which it is a member.
Our Calendar:
To see what's coming up,
here.
177 East Main Street, Stevensville, MD 21666
Church Office: 237 Chatham Lane, Annapolis, MD 21403
Tel: (410) 268-1858, Fax: (410) 268-1858
E-mail: info@christalcc.org
This Sunday at 11 a.m.,
afterwards Coffee Hour


Sacrament of
Reconciliation on Fridays
between 2 and 4 pm or by
appointment
Sunday School at 10 a.m.
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