SOCA Clarifications

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1) How does one support? 

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2) Is SOCA Catholic? With the pope? What about liturgy?

SOCA is a lay-run organization of baptized and confirmed Catholics. We are faithful to Rome and the Holy Father Pope Francis, and recognize both the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Mass as valid. We are not under any official religious order or ecclesial society. Our aim is the formation of a saints snd to simply be authentically Catholic; we are not a group primarily concerned with liturgical or political movements, though we appreciate the traditional Latin Mass as a source of formation. Our charism incorporates the richness of tradition on many levels. Concretely, missionaries currently attend a Fraternity of Saint Peter Parish for our normal Mass attendance. Most disciples go to different parishes in the diocese (especially commuter students to the Auraria campus).

3) Is it for women as well?

SOCA operates in a two-pronged way: 1) one-on-one accountability, 2) wide-net apostolate. “1)” is gender-specific; right now, there are only men but our prayer is for women to start incorporating SOCA formation in accountability as well! “2)” will be for both.

4) How is it different than other evangelization organizations?

SOCA values in-depth formation as crucial to building authentic Catholic leaders. The three pillars of this are: 1) catechesis, 2) interior life, and 3) enrichment in Catholic identity and tradition. This latter covers much, including meditation on vocational callings, the domestic church (the family), and redemptive suffering through the cross. As a whole, the emphasis is on serious formation to play the long-game of evangelization. We have not found another evangelization effort that has a clear model with such depth in these three pillars.

5) How does SOCA view Church politics?

With realism, we do not deny the confusion of our current time. We do not have “position” other than that of our charism: ultimately, that of the salvation of souls through sanctifying grace. Our aim is unity with others in this mission–especially through formation of the spiritual life. “Church politics” can sometimes be a distraction from this goal, and beginners in prayer are especially cautioned of this temptation. If “Church politics” is brought up to us, our aim is sobriety: seek out facts, slow to judgement (avoiding fanaticism), and ultimately relate everything to the most important thing. As an organization, we do not aim to broadcast “political” opinions.

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