Three Bishops from The Holy See of Antioch: Apostolic Old Roman Catholic Church, Had a calling from the Holy Spirit to establish a new and fresh forward thinking sacramental church...And hence the Progressive Old Catholic Church came into being...What is "Old Catholic
The term Old Catholic Church originated with groups which separated from the Roman Catholic Church over certain doctrines, primarily concerned with papal authority. These churches are not in full communion with the Holy See of Rome, but their Union of Utrecht of Old Catholic Churches is in full communion with the Anglican Communion and a member of the World Council of Churches. The formation of the Old Catholic communion of Germans, Austrians and Swiss began in 1870 at a public meeting held in Nuremberg under the leadership of Ignaz von Döllinger, following the First Vatican Council. Four years later episcopal succession was established with the consecration of an Old Catholic German bishop by a prelate of the Church of Utrecht. In line with the "Declaration of Utrecht" of 1889, they accept the first seven ecumenical councils and doctrine formulated before 1054, but reject communion with the pope and a number of other Roman Catholic doctrines and practices. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church notes that since 1925 they have recognized Anglican ordinations, that they have had full communion with the Church of England since 1932 and have taken part in the ordination of Anglican bishops. Their own orders are still recognized by the Roman Catholic Church except for their women priests.
Legitimacy and Validity
Many people asked us, as a Church, if we are valid and legitimate, YES we are!
The Roman Catholic Church declared all the Churches outside the See of Rome as schismatic but because of our main Antiochian lineage of successions, our ordinations and consecrations are considered valid
When members of the Roman Catholic Church encounter Independent Catholic Churches for the first time, they are often surprised to learn that Catholic denominations exist apart from Rome. We hope the following information will be helpful. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
At the Vatican, on June 16, 2000, Pope John Paul II ratified and ordered the
publication of Dominus Iesus. This declaration from the Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith was signed and published by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
(now Pope Benedict XVI) in August of that same year.
In this declaration, the Roman Catholic Church recognizes the validity of orders
and sacraments of Catholic Churches not in communion with Rome:
“The Churches which, while not existing in perfect communion
with the [Roman] Catholic Church, remain united to her by
means of the closest bonds, that is, by apostolic succession
and a valid Eucharist, are true particular Churches.”
“Therefore, these separated Churches and communities as
such … have by no means been deprived of significance and
importance in the mystery of salvation. For the Spirit of Christ
has not refrained from using them as means of salvation which
derive their efficacy from the very fullness of grace and truth
entrusted to the Catholic Church.
The Progressive Old Catholic Church welcomes everyone no matter what walk of life you come from all we require is your faithfulness and honesty.
The Progressive Old Catholic Church is a small but growing jurisdiction with parishes across the world we are a open and welcoming community for all.
We believe that our clergy are there for the people and the people are what make our church not buildings the clergy within The Independent Catholic Church help with the day to day administration of the Church and all decisions are made collectively. We feel that there is a need for a simple structure where the clergy work closely together to acheive a common goal and that is to spread the good word of Our Lord as his servants. One of the ethos of The Independent Catholic Church which is to be reinforced by the clergy and congregation and that is, The Progressive Old Catholic Church is Gods Church, and we are his followers.
ommon goal and that is to spread the good word of Our Lord as his servants. One of the ethos of The Progressive Old Catholic Church which is to be reinforced by the clergy and congregation and that is, The Progressive Old Catholic Church is Gods Church, and we are his followers.
The Progressive Old Catholic Church is a truly a working and serving church, with work and outreach across the entire world, and the clergy are of genuine hard working Christians who are serving Christ in what they do
Sacraments of the Church-The Progressive Old Catholic Church believes in the tangible presence of God in the Seven Sacraments of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ. These Seven Sacraments are instruments by which God confers Grace upon faithful recipients. The Sacraments of the Progressive Old Catholc Church are
Baptism – A Sacrament of Initiation administered by water in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe in ONE baptism for the remission of sins and membership in the Christian Community.
Confirmation – A Sacrament of Initiation, with the imposition of hands and anointing with the Oil of Chrism, the faithful are confirmed in faith and strengthened by the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Eucharist – A Sacrament of Initiation, the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ, is the source and summit of our faith expression. The Eucharistic Celebration is the means by which Christ is truly present in the community gathered, the Word Proclaimed and in the Sacred Species of his body and blood. The Holy Eucharist nourishes the faithful and provides strength for their faith journey.
Reconciliation – A Sacrament of Healing through the confession of sins as taught by the ancient Hebrews, and commanded by Christ, reconciles the sinful with the church community and with God.
Anointing of the Sick – This Sacrament of Healing provides those who are ill of mind,body or spirit, with strength and remission of sins through prayer and anointing.
Matrimony – A Sacrament of Vocation in which members of the same or the opposite sex, are joined together and consecrated as co-creators with the Lord to have dominion over creation and fill it with the fruits of their love and labour
Holy Orders – A Sacrament of Vocation by which Bishops, Priests and Deacons are called by God, ordained, and receive power and authority to perform the sacred duties of their office as God directs.ere.