The Oratory of St. Andrew is an independent Catholic community. We are not affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church nor the Archdiocese of Baltimore or the Diocese of Wilmington.
Each and every baptized person is an equal member of the Catholic Church. No one owns the Church, the ministry, or the grace of Christ. All people play an important and prominent role in the governance of the Church. All must respect, as well as actively seek to discern, how the Holy Spirit is motivating the faithful to act.
In our communities all the baptized, men and women alike, are given the opportunity to respond to a genuine vocation and to fully participate in priesthood. Presently, within many of our communities, women are actively engaged in the ordained priestly ministry.
Similarly, we affirm those, whether lay or ordained ministers, who are called to serve the People of God in a variety of life states which include people who are single, or have taken promises of celibacy, commitment, or marriage. We embrace and affirm the full and open participation in all the sacraments of LGBTQ individuals. We believe that the gift of sexual union is a source and celebration of love for couples, which allows for the special and safe sharing of intimacy. We consider it a danger to marriage and other intimate relationships to be denied sexual sharing. This has significant implications for Catholic practice, particularly as it applies to divorce and remarriage.
We affirm the dignity of all human persons regardless of race, national origin, religious affiliation, gender, or sexual orientation. We strive for justice within the universal Church and the whole world.