Saturday, November 01, 2008


Her unease with certain doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church led Dilly Muehlfelt to a denomination that she says still adheres to early church traditions but is open to all.

A parish of the Independent Catholic Church of the West began meeting at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church on Greenfield Road near Baseline Road in September. About 20 people make up the congregation that meets Sundays at 5 p.m.

The core of Catholic tradition remains intact at St. Francis of Assisi. Church members believe in the seven sacraments and Rev. Peter Orlando is called father.

But in this denomination, women can be ordained ministers, and clergy can marry. Communion is open to everyone, and the church is all-welcoming.

A former Roman Catholic priest, Orlando says he always waited for the Vatican to change the rules regarding clergy.

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