Old Catholic Church History

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This page contains a short narrative history of the early roots of Old Catholocism and the autonomy granted to the Bishop of Utrecht to consecrate successive bishops.

It is by this authority that all ordained Old Catholic clergy are considered validly ordained (even by Roman Catholic churches).

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This is the text of the declaration, made in 1889, which formally separated The Old Catholic Churches from the authority of Rome.

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This text is the result of an 1871 meeting in Munich, in which, the attendees repudiated the dogma of "Papal Infalibility" that was enacted during the First Vatican Council (1870), instead choosing to remain true to "Old Catholic" teachings.

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The Fourteen Theses from an 1874 meeting of Old Catholic Church leaders set the basis for Old Cahtolic worship.

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This statement of faith was made by Bishop Matthew, an early Old Catholic Bishop, was written to clarify Old Catholic beliefs. It also includes a statement from the Orthodox church of Antioch recognizing Bishop Matthew and the Old Catholic churches (1911)

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These are documents from the 1948 and 1998 Lambeth Conferences which establish and affirm the Anglican Communion (and Episcopal Churches in the USA) as being in full communion with the Old Catholic Community.

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This is a brief history of Benedictine Monasticism and the Benedictine Order of Saint John the Beloved of the Old Catholic Church.



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