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Our Movement

We are an independent Catholic Christian community that is committed to Jesus Christ.

We accept and believe the testimony of His apostles who were His first disciples and eyewitnesses of His life, death, and resurrection from the dead. It was these same disciples who passed on to the church their own testimony about the person of Jesus and the events of His life.

Embodied in their testimony are the very teachings of Jesus Himself, even though the churches have sometimes obscured it through time.

Our movement traces its roots to the 18th century Archdiocese of Utrecht, whose population was cut off from the sacraments due to ongoing disagreements with Rome. Missionary Bishop Dominique Varlet disobeyed Rome’s orders and ministered to the people of this diocese. Over 100 years later, his successors were joined by other clergy and bishops who disagreed with the doctrine of Papal Infallibility, giving birth to the a movement of Independent Catholic churches (sometimes called Old Catholics because they sought to return to the “old” beliefs of Jesus and his disciples). We celebrate our heritage and believe that our independent community has a valid line of succession, a valid priesthood, and valid sacraments.

How is our Independent Catholic community different from a Roman Catholic Church?

  • The Catholics of our community do not accept the idea of papal infallibility and, therefore, are not part of the Roman Catholic Church and are not bound by its laws and regulations.
  • Priests and bishops are permitted to marry.
  • Women are encouraged to be more fully involved in the ministry of the Church. As Saint Paul wrote,”There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
  • Divorced people who remarry are not excluded from the sacraments and may remarry with the blessing of the Church.
  • Artificial contraception is an issue of conscience for each couple.
  • Each Christian is an equal part of the Church. Lay people are encouraged to play a prominent role in the Church.
  • No Christian is excluded from the sacraments. All Christians, no matter what their background, are invited to participate in the worship and sacraments of the Church.