“With their own histories and polities, independent Catholics decide things like eligibility for ordination as freestanding churches. They decide what Catholicism means in ways both similar to and different from the major communions.
In short, not all Catholics are Roman Catholics.”
— Julie Byrne
This week, our featured book is The Other Catholics: Remaking America’s Largest Religion, by Julie Byrne. To start the week’s feature, we are happy to present Byrne’s introduction, in which she explains exactly who “the other Catholics” are, and what makes independent Catholicism different from Roman Catholicism.