The Old Catholic Church in the United Kingdom
Part of the One Holy Catholic & Apostolic Church
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.