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It May Be the Temporary Answer
The purpose of this document is to shed some light on what is called
Catholic Movement since it may be a refuge for those seeking
the strength and nourishment provided by the valid Catholic Sacraments
they justifiably flee the collapsed Church of Rome.
We have received some information on The Old Catholic Movement and
related groups not associated with the Roman Church. The
information has been taken from Roman Catholic Church sources. Although
we have not reviewed each source, we are quite familiar with said line
of reasoning thus, we have every reason to feel comfortable with the
We are not necessarily encouraging a move to said Churches, however, it
responsibility to make the information available to the Faithful who
starving for nourishment and not knowing where to turn.
on the Old Catholic
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Old Catholic - several groups, including: (1) the Church of Utrecht,
which severed relations with Rome in 1724; (2) The National Polish
Church in the U.S., which has its origin near the end of the 19th
German, Austrian and Swiss Old Catholics, who broke away from union
following the First Vatican Council in 1870 because they objected to
the dogma of papal infallibility.
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 A. Dolinger. Four years later Episcopal succession was
established with ordination 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. They have a
valid priesthood and valid sacraments.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church notes that they have
recognized Anglican ordinations since 1925, that they have full
communion with the Church of England since 1932, and have taken part in
ordination of Anglican Bishops.
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Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith
Declaration: Dominus Iesus (1)
17. Therefore, there exists a single Church of Christ, which subsists
in the Catholic Church, governed by the Successor of Peter and by the
Bishops in communion with him. The Churches which, while not existing
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, the Church of
Christ is present and operative also in these Churches, even though
they lack full communion with the (Roman) Catholic Church…
From Other Vatican Related Sources
"When a Catholic sacred minister is unavailable and there is urgent
spiritual necessity, Catholics may receive the Eucharist, penance, or
anointing from sacred ministers of non-Catholic denomination whose holy
orders are considered valid by the Catholic Church. This includes all
Eastern Orthodox priests, as well as priests of the Old Catholic
or Polish National Church."
Rights and Responsibilities, A
Guide to the New Code of Canon Law, Thomas P. Doyle, O.P., page 44.
"A validly consecrated bishop can validly confer all orders from the
minor orders to the episcopate inclusively ... For this reason the
ordinations performed by the bishops of the Old Catholics are consider
A Practical Commentary on the
Code of Canon Law, revised and
enlarged edition, by Rev. Stanislaw Woywod, OFM, LLB. Vol. 1, Sec. 881
"They [Old Catholics] have received valid orders."
Dictionary, by Addison Arnold.
"The Old Catholic Church
has received valid episcopal consecration",
Christian Denominations, by
Rev. Konrad Algemissen
"Their [Old Catholic]
Orders and Sacraments are valid."
A Catholic Dictionary, by Donald
"The Far East Magazine of
June, 1928, published by the Saint Columban Fathers of St. Columbans,
Nebraska, in reply to any inquiry about the Old Catholic Church,
published the reply that: "These [Old Catholics] Orders are valid."
"The Roman Church
recognizes the validity of Old Catholic Orders and other Sacraments."
1974 Catholic Almanac, by
Felician A. Roy, OFM, page 368. "Our Sunday
"We have no reason to doubt
that the Old Catholic Orders are valid. The Apostolic Succession does
not depend on obedience to the See of Peter but rather on the objective
line of succession from Apostolic sources, the proper matter and form,
and the proper intention ... likewise Old Catholic bishops are bishops
in Apostolic Succession ... The Old Catholics, like
the Orthodox, posses a valid priesthood."
Separated Brethren, William
J. Whalen, pp. 204, 248.
"...Whenever there is no appearance of simulation on the part of the
minister, the validity of the sacrament is sufficiently certain ... "
“Every validly consecrated
bishop, including heretical, schismatic, simonistic or excommunicated
bishops, can validly dispense the Sacrament of Holy Orders, provided
that he has the requisite intention, and follows the
essential external rite (set. Certa).
Cf. D 855, 860; CIC 2372.” 1952
Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma by Dr. Ludwig Ott, pp. 456.
[These sources were printed with the
imprimatur of various Roman
If you need to flee the Church of Rome, still
with the AntiChrist in residence (2)
we strongly recommend that you try to find churches where the
Sacraments have not lost their savour yet (3)
as they have in most
Roman Catholic Parishes.
13 You are the salt of the earth. But
if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be
salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be
trodden on by men.
The largest being the Orthodox Church (4)
- the Catholic Church of the East with its "Rome" being
Constantinople, today's Istanbul.
(1) Dominus Iesus
on February 7, 2006
Updated on June 28, 2014 -
Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
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