D.D.C.’s First Catholic Church will join a growing number of institutions in embracing its “Catholically American” identity.
The church will be joining the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, and the Episcopal Church in America as a “Chesapeake, Virginia, area parish,” according to a news release from the Catholic Church’s diocese.
The announcement came as the Episcopal church’s bishops and dioceses are meeting this week in Washington, D.O., to discuss the future of Catholic worship.
The Episcopal church will also be meeting with other local churches to discuss their vision for the future, the release said.
The U.C.-C.C., the national Catholic organization, said in a statement the announcement reflects a “long-standing tradition of Catholic faithfulness” and that the church will work with its bishops and other leaders to “build a Catholic presence in the greater Washington area.”
In recent years, the UCCB and the diocesan bishops have agreed to adopt new policies that will make the UCDs Catholic Church a “part of the community of faith” in Washington.
The UCCBs statement also said the Catholic bishops and their parishes are committed to supporting the church’s “national vision and mission.”
The UCC is a U.K.-based Catholic charity that seeks to bring Catholics from around the world together.
The move by the diocese comes as the U,C-C.
is grappling with its own ongoing struggle to win back faith after a divisive campaign against Pope Francis by the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue.
The Vatican is currently under investigation by the UCR for its handling of the campaign against Francis.
The Vatican has been under increasing pressure from outside critics of its handling, including from the UCP.