[quote="Don_Jackson, post:3, topic:294294"]
I may not agree with it, but I am going to be cautious about condemning it.
It certainly is not Catholic, but from the brief synopsis of the OP, there is not enough information to condemn it as heresy.
I'm not in agreement with the other poster who seems to view "faith" as synomous with Catholicism. I would argue that when scripture discusses attacks on the faith, it is addressing non-adherence to the basic premises of trinitarian Christianity, and not the Holy Catholic Church.
While we may never see the day (nor perhaps never want to see the day) that this group would be welcomed into communion with the mother Church, the Church decided long ago that one can reach salvation without subscribing cart blanche to the infrastructure of the Catholic Church. All Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, et.al., are not kept from the hope of salvation because they are not Catholic.
So, in a worst case scenario, we have yet another non-Catholic group of believers, who still may very much be part of the Body of Christ.
Peace and all good!!
I am not inclined to be so gracious as to refrain from calling this community (NOT a church) heretical based on the information provided by the OP. That is precisely what it is. Just read who they will openly and gladly ordain. Here's a quote from the CCC on heresy, apostasy and the like:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines these three sins against the faith in this way:
2089 Incredulity is the neglect of revealed truth or the willful refusal to assent to it.*
"Heresy is the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an obstinate doubt concerning the same;*
apostasy is the total repudiation of the Christian faith;*
schism is the refusal of submission to the Roman Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him." Code of Canon Law c.751)
When scripture discusses attacks on the "faith" one must remember that scripture comes from the Holy Catholic Church. Scripture pre-dates the Protestant reformation by centuries. There was only one Faith. So yes, in scripture, "Faith" is absolutely synonymous with Catholicism. All truth "found" by any other Christian church is a Catholic Truth because that's where it originated; the Catholic Church is THE source.
Any group is by canon law prohibited from claiming or representing itself as being Catholic without proper Ecclesiastical approval lest they lead souls astray. This is a serious matter; it is more than just a name. Catholicism means something. How dare anyone presume to pervert it by wrongful association.
According to law, no apostolic endeavor or association shall bear the name “Catholic” without the express permission of competent ecclesiastical authority (Canons 216, 300, 803§3, 808). While this norm is not always known or followed, it is meant to protect the faithful against misrepresentation by groups that do not promote the true Faith. Any association bearing the term “Catholic” in its name should have proof of consent by competent ecclesiastical authority.
The Church Fathers went to great lengths to defend the Faith against heretics. They recognized the danger to souls if and when they are led away from the true flock by wolves in sheep's clothing. Under today's pervasive ideology of absolute tolerance and compromise, the Church wouldn't have lasted a decade back in the early days.
Excuse me if this all seems too blunt, but it is what it is. I hold that there is a point when charitability or being "nice" becomes a grave matter in matters of the Faith.