The Liberal Catholic Church believes that, through the stately ritual and language of the sacraments, with the unseen help of the angels, those who worship together are able to so turn their thoughts, emotions and aspirations to the influence of divine grace, that the church becomes a spiritual window through which God’s light and love and blessing can flow more freely to all the world.
The Liberal Catholic Church uses its own liturgy, which preserves the essential sacramental form with scrupulous care, but couched in joyous, vibrant language. It affirms most emphatically that God is a loving Father, not a vengeful God. Therefore we should worship Him with joy, love, and sincerity. The central act of Christian worship is the Holy Eucharist. During this service Christ Our Lord is present among us, as, through His priest, He pours His life and blessing into the sacramental elements. Most sense the sanctity of the moment, many feel His presence. The Holy Eucharist is not only a commemoration of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, but is also His supreme gift of Himself to His Church.
The Liberal Catholic Church regards the scriptures, creeds and traditions of the Church as the means by which the teachings of Christ have been handed down to us, but in view of the early history of these writings, it does not regard them as literally infallible. It deduces from them certain principles of belief and conduct which it regards as fundamental, true, and sufficient, but not necessarily exhaustive as a basis of right conduct and right understanding. The scriptures contain some things that whilst not literally true, may be allegorically and spiritually understood. The scriptures of some non-Christian religions contain passages of the highest inspiration, and truly merit our closest attention. Indeed, an understanding of Eastern religions and Eastern psychology throws much light on the interpretation of Christian doctrine.
The Liberal Catholic Church gives special attention to the ministry of healing. Although the power to heal seems to have been exercised frequently in the time of the Apostles, we cannot assume that an ability to heal is conferred at ordination, or that the gift of healing is other than a charismatic power. But, in the revivifying breath of the Holy Spirit in the grace of Absolution, and in the sacraments of Unction and the Holy Eucharist, Christ’s Church has means of grace to vitalise and supplement ordinary healing methods. Healing and priestly functions are complementary. There is a growing recognition that bodily ailments are, in many instances, the outcome of maladies of the psyche, which can be treated and remedied by means of Holy Unction.
Christ did not institute marriage, but the sacrament blessing such marriage. This is intended to help the parties live together in a state of love and mutual aid. When they have pledged their love and fidelity to each other in the presence of Christ, the priest blesses them in His Name. The ring, which is the symbol of their spiritual union, is also blessed. The Church holds that through the sacramental grace received at the joining together of a man and a woman in Holy Matrimony, a firm foundation is given for the building and sustaining of family, community, and society as a whole.
The Liberal Catholic Church allows its clergy to marry. It expects that both clergy and laity will respect the sanctity of their marriage vows, the husband and wife relating to one another with loving care and respect. In times of marital difficulties, the Church offers itself, its ministers and the Sacraments as an ever-ready source of help. The Church also recognises that some marriages may fail – but holds the view that divorce should be the last possible option, not the first and easy solution. The Church does not normally refuse to re-marry divorced persons where there is a clear commitment from both parties to a stable relationship.