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|American Catholic Church in the United States|
|Governance||Mixture of episcopal and congregational polity|
|Founder||Lawrence J. Harms|
|Separated from||Directly from the Free Catholic Church|
|Clergy||1 bishop, 16 priests, 3 deacons|
The American Catholic Church in the United States (ACCUS) is an Independent Catholic church primarily in the United States, founded in 1999. ACCUS is an offshoot of the Independent Catholic movement, and so has no ecclesiastical relation with the Roman Catholic Church. ACCUS claims apostolic succession through Duarte Costa.
ACCUS is listed as 501(c)(3) under the name American Catholic Church, Frederick, MD.
At the beginning of 2018, ACCUS was composed of 1 bishop, 15 priests, and 3 deacons in 13 states.
Theology and sacraments
The American Catholic Church in the United States states that it adheres to the doctrine of Vatican Council II. ACCUS celebrates the seven sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Communion, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony, and believes the sacrament of marriage can be celebrated for same-sex couples.
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