What is an Alternative Catholic?
A traditional researcher or scholar is someone who has at least a graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. He is part of an artificial society — ie a political or phoney society — of researchers or scholars called university or similar accredited institution of higher education, and his work is funded by his institution, and/or government or other institutional grants.
An independent or Ronin Institute researcher or scholar is someone who still has at least a graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, but who is not employed at a university or similar institution of higher education. He is part of a more natural society of independent scholars called peers, but has nonetheless established him- or herself only through the publication of scholarly work that has been reviewed and accepted by non-peers: usually unrelated society or academic journals, or through similar non-peer reviewed publication in books issued by non-peer trade or university presses.
An alternative researcher or scholar is someone who may or may not have a graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. Not only he is not employed at a university or similar institution of higher education, but he is also not part of any society of independent scholars, and may have even been refused membership in such cargo cults. He is either unestablished, or has only established himself through few outstanding peers, as most of his actual peers are intellectual giants from the past, many of whom did not possess advanced degrees either, or membership in cultish independent scholar societies.
Now that you have more or less understood the difference between traditional, independent, and alternative scholars, let me note here that Cesidians are not Roman Catholics, nor Independent Catholics, but Alternative Catholics.
A Roman Catholic is a Catholic who is a member of the Roman rite. There are also affiliated Catholics in the East who are not Roman Catholics, such as Maronite Catholics, Ukrainian Catholics, and Chaldean Catholics, but these are all in communion with the pope, just not members of the Roman rite.
An Independent Catholic church is a Christian group, usually a small group, led by a bishop and identifying with Catholic tradition, but not in communion with the Roman Catholic Church, nor with any other churches whose sacraments are recognised by the Roman Catholic Church (such as the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches). Virtually all groups in the independent Catholic movement claim to have valid apostolic succession for their bishops. The bishops of independent Catholic churches are sometimes referred to as episcopi vagantes ("wandering bishops"), because of their lack of affiliation with a larger communion of churches.
An Alternative Catholic church is a Christian group, usually a small group, led by a bishop and identifying with Catholic tradition, although the leading bishop, and/or the affiliated congregations, may also be non-denominational, or identify with other complementary traditions. The alternative Catholic, unlike the independent Catholic, while not formally in communion with the Roman Catholic Church, is nonetheless affiliated at least with an episcopal conference of the Roman Catholic Church in a particular country, and may even be an actual member and subscriber. Virtually all groups in the alternative Catholic movement claim to have valid apostolic succession for their bishops, and may even have additional lineages, such as to Melchizedek or Pahana. The bishops of alternative Catholic churches are sometimes referred to as episcopi collegiales ("collegial bishops"), because unlike independent Catholic bishops, they are affiliated in some way with the larger communion of churches.
The Cesidian Church is affiliated with an Alternative Catholic Church, thus its Primate Bishop enjoys valid apostolic succession; is affiliated in some way with the larger communion of Christian churches, in particular the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB); does not feel alien towards the Messianic Jewish tradition, without being affiliated to any specific congregation, and without following the Jewish calendar; can be defined at least eschatologically correct according to Buddhist traditions; and is also affiliated with Native American therapeutic-religious traditions.
Please note that the Cesidian Church's evolution from non-denominational, to independent Catholic, and finally to alternative Catholic church is not fully complete yet, but not at all revolutionary or earthshaking either. It is a completely natural process of evolution, and in fact the growing Cesidian Church (CCh) relationship to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) also has a related political parallel, in the United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA) relationship to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
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The Bishop of the Cesidian Church (contact), and the author of this article, was ordained as a non-denominational Minister by Rose Ministries, and was consecrated as non-denominational Bishop by Saint Luke Evangelical Christian Ministries. He was later ordained as an Alternative Catholic Priest and Bishop by the Universal One Church. The Bishop of the Cesidian Church was also ordained as a Native American Medicine Man or Traditional Leader, and later consecrated as a Certified Minister and Practitioner of the Sacred Order of Lehb of the Native American Church of the Nemenhah Indigenous Traditional Organization. The Cesidian Church is Nazorean, or simply Cesidian. The word Cesidian comes from the name Cesidio, which is not really a name of Latin origin, but of Osco-Umbrian, Sabellic, or Italic origin, and which was originally written from right-to-left (not left-to-right), and pronounced Kaisiris.