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By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 29, 2008

Thinking of trading in that old time religion for a newer model? The NCR classifieds seldom let you down. This week's selection includes the Transformational Catholic Church, which (its founder, animator, sole pastor, and presiding bishop assures us) "will have no other Canons or mandated dogmas" beyond the two greatest commandments. Let His Excellency explain it for you:

Why was it founded? The Transformational Catholic Church was founded out of the prayerful reflections and inner calling of Bishop LeBlanc. As a former Roman Catholic monk (Order of the Most Holy Trinity) he found many denominational practices and positions limiting to his personal spiritual growth. As a priest and bishop within the Authcephalous Catholic Movement he saw many of the denominations merely recreating the denominations that the founding clergy and bishops left, with minor changes. Most importantly he recognized the value and worth of small faith communities and minitiries, truly embracing the faith position that "were two or more are gathered" God is found.

Out of these dynamics, Bishop LeBlanc wanted to leave a personal mark on the Autocephalous Movement and thus the creation of yet another denomination. Yet, it is hope that this denomination brings the love of the Sacred/God to more individuals within the Authocephalous Movement, while being a home for the Independent Catholic Home Church Movement.

Should you find Roman Catholicism overly rigid and intellectually jejune, you'll be relieved to learn that Bishop Bruce offers theological sophistication and spiritual richness of no small order:

I have been influenced by the writings of The Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong, Father Joseph Girzone, and the Jesus Seminar. As a result I am theologically very liberal.

My life and spiriutality was impacted, significantly, through my five years as a monastic with the Order of the Most Holy Trinity. The charism of that relgious order, "redemptive charity" is the charism I enact in my ministry.

Not a mandated dogma in sight. Bishop Bruce's parish meets for worship once a month at the Metropolitan Community Church in Davenport, Iowa. Pastorally speaking, that means you'll almost certainly find a place to park. I was pleased to see that included among the Bishop's professional credentials are diplomas in "Paralegal" and "Massage Therapy" -- an unimprovably succinct expression of the spirit of New Age churchmanship.

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