The following classified ad is found in this week's issue of the National Catholic Distorter:
PARISH ASSOCIATE -- A non-traditional Catholic parish has need of a parish associate in Rhode Island. Part-time position. Seeking a cleric desiring to grow with a five year old National (independent of Rome) Catholic parish. Are you up to the challenge? Phone: (401) 944-0001 Download information at: http://members.aol.com/churchdonations/priest.pdf E-mail: SaintPatrickRI@aol.com
Note the words "independent of Rome". (The Polish National Catholic Church is not fully in communion with Rome - yet. St. Patrick's is not even close. See comment by Domini Sumus.) Anyhoo, the Diocese of Providence has this to say:
"There have been a number of inquiries regarding the organization operating under the name "St. Patrick's Catholic Church" at 2068 Cranston Street, Cranston. This organization is affiliated with the National Catholic Apostolic Church & is in no way associated with or approved by the Roman Catholic Church. In spite of announcements that may imply to the contrary, the sacramental rites & services provided at that church are not acceptable & are performed without the permission or approval of the Diocese of Providence."
But of course, this is the National Catholic Distorter that we're talking about - the same paper that boasts its columns by such dissidents as Sr. Joan Chittister. Could this be, in fact, not so much the National "Catholic Reporter", but the "National Catholic" Reporter? Hmmmmmm!
UPDATE 9/7/06 10:45 AM: An e-mail by Anthony and a comment by Domini Sumus regarding the PNCC led me to go back to that "Guidelines for the Reception of Communion" article that appears in the inside cover of each issue of the Today's Missal missalette. Here's an excerpt from the article:
(From Canon 844, par. 3)
Members of the Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the discipline of their own Churches. According to Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the reception of Communion by Christians of these Churches.
I corrected my error accordingly. Thank you both for the heads up. (Living proof that I can be just as wrong as anyone else)