THE OLD CATHOLIC CHURCH in the UNITED KINGDOM

'The Old Catholic Church is the best kept secret in Christendom. The fact that there is a valid form of Catholicism that is independent of Rome and that values local control seems scandalous to some and cause delight or even relief to others. The Old Catholic churches have branches all over the world. They constitute one of the most interesting and diverse movements in Christian history, a movement worthy of greater visibility and academic attention'. ('The Old Catholic Movement, Its Origins and History' Apocryphile Press, Berkeley, CA.)

As a mission statement we take a quotation from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians 1:17-19

'I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe'.

What has become known, over the centuries, as ‘Old Catholic’ has existed since AD. 730 and has been an autonomous Church by Papal Decree since 1145, later ratified by the Lateran Council of 1215; it is, therefore, part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. It is fully Catholic but not Roman, fully Orthodox but not Eastern. The Old Catholic Church in the United Kingdom is not part of the Union of Utrecht Old Catholic Churches.

The OLD CATHOLIC CHURCH in the UNITED KINGDOM is an ancient, pure, traditional and orthodox Catholic Church.

Our Associates are:

World Council of Churches

World Council of Churches

An International fellowship of Christian churches, built upon the foundation of encounter, dialogue and collaboration.

National Council of Churches

National Council of Churches

The National Council of Churches is a community of Christian communions.

Pastoral Care UK

Pastoral Care UK

The Old Catholic Church is an Affiliated Member of Pastoral Care UK, part of the Association of Christian Counsellors.

Churches Uniting in Christ

Churches Uniting in Christ

Churches Uniting in Christ is a covenant relationship among eleven Christian communions.

International Council of Community Churches

International Council of Community Churches

The International Council of Community Churches is an International, intercultural, interracial fellowship of churches and ministry centers which seeks Christian unity in local, national and world relations.

Faith In Europe

Faith In Europe

Faith in Europe promotes contact and visits across Europe and encourages informed discussion and debate through regular briefings.

CCPAS

CCPAS

CCPAS (The Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service) is an independent Christian safeguarding charity.

St James The Elder

St James The Elder

Harvesting, educating, and healing souls.

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