Independent Catholics are Protestant
Independent Catholicism is an independent sacramental movement of clergy and laity who self-identify as Catholic (most often as Old Catholic or as Independent Catholic) and form "micro-churches claiming apostolic succession and valid sacraments" despite not being affiliated to the historic Catholic churches such as the Roman Catholic and Utrecht Old Catholic churches. The term "Independent Catholic" derives from the fact that "these denominations affirm both their belonging to the Catholic tradition as well as their independence from Rome."
It is difficult to determine the number of jurisdictions, communities, clergy and members who make up Independent Catholicism, particularly since the movement "is growing and changing in every moment." Some adherents choose Independent Catholicism as an alternative way to live and express their Catholic faith outside the Roman Catholic Church (with whose structures, beliefs and practices Independent Catholicism often closely aligns) while rejecting some traditional Catholic teachings.
Independent Catholicism may be considered part of the larger independent sacramental movement, in which clergy and laity of various faith traditions—including the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Anglican Communion and various non-Catholic Christian churches—have separated themselves from the institutions with which they previously identified. Within this movement, various independent churches have sprung from the Eastern Orthodox Church, but the members of these independent Eastern Orthodox groups often self-identify as Independent or Autocephalous Orthodox and not as Independent Catholic.
Many Independent Catholic churches have joined the International Council of Community Churches, a denomination based in Frankfort, Illinois, in the United States. Doing so, it gives them a place and voice in organizations such as Churches Uniting in Christ, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and the World Council of Churches.
We as Catholics taught that salvation comes through a combination of faith plus good works.
The number of people who have left the Roman Catholic church is huge, and it opens the door to other denominations of which we are part of.
We base our faith and teaching on the UNIVERSAL CHRIST of Richard Rohr, OFM (born 1943), an American Franciscan priest and writer on spirituality based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church in 1970. In 2011, PBS called him "one of the most popular spirituality authors and speakers in the world"