- JESUS CHRIST founded the Church in 33 AD. (Matthew 16:18).
- The Apostles named it the Church of God and preached it from 33 AD to 100 AD. (Acts 20:28, I Corinthians 1:2, 10:32, 11:16, 11:22, 15:9, 2 Corinthians 1:1, Galatians 1:13, I Thessalonians 2:14, 2 Thessalonians 1:4, I Timothy 3:5, I Timothy 3:15).
- The Early Apostolic Fathers and the Early Church Fathers wrote about the Church of God 200 to 300 AD. see the 51 Quotations from the Apostolic Fathers about the Church of God.
- The Church of God became the Holy Roman Catholic Apostolic Church in 315 AD when Emperor Constantine declared that Christianity will be the official religion of the Roman Empire. 315 – present.
- In 1054 AD. The Roman Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Church separated.
- In the 1800’s the Old Catholic Church disaffiliates itself from the Roman Catholic Church because of the Doctrine of Papal Infallibility.
- In the 1900’s the Old Catholic Church reaches America and the American Catholic Church was founded.
- In 1996 H.E. Bishop David C. Strong was ordained as a Bishop of the American Catholic Church. In 2009 he became the Bishop of the Christian United Church.
- In 2010, Pastor Regen Luna joins the Christian United Church and started the work of Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd Church of God in union with CUC.
CHURCHES WITH HISTORICAL EPISCOPATE
THE VALIDITY OF OLD CATHOLIC CHURCHES
This is from the American Catholic Church website: http://www.accus.us on the validity of Old Catholic Churches.
The statements presented here are from official authorities, theologians and publications of the Roman Catholic Church in the affirmation of the validity of Old Catholic Holy Orders and Sacraments.
Rev. Konrad Algemissen, Christian Denominations.
“The Old Catholic Church has received valid Episcopal consecration.”
Donald Altwater, A Catholic Dictionary.
“Their (Old Catholic) Orders and Sacraments are valid.”
” . . . Whenever there is no appearance of simulation on the part of the minister, the validity of the sacrament is sufficiently certain . . . ”
Addison Arnold. Roman Catholic Dictionary.
“The [Old Catholics] have received valid orders.”
Catholic Almanac, (1993), p. 319.
“Old Catholics have valid Sacraments and a valid Priesthood. The Old Roman Catholic Church disavows connection with Old Catholics. The Old Roman Catholic Church accepts the first seven Ecumenical Councils only and rejects Papal Infallibility. They accept only those doctrines formulated before 1054.”
Thomas P. Doyle, O.P., Rights and Responsibilities, A Catholics’ Guide to the New Code of Canon Law, p. 44.
“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 denominations 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.”
Dr. Ludwig Ott,(1952), Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma. p. 456.
“Every validly consecrated bishop, including heretical, schismatic, simonistic, or excommunicated bishops, can validly dispense the Sacrament of Order, provided that he has the requisite intention, and follows the essential external rite (set. Certa). Cf. D 855, 860; CIC 2372.”
Dominic Prummer, O.P., Handbook of Moral Theology, “The Minister of Valid Ordination”, p. 383.
The Ordinary Minister is every consecrated bishop and no one else. (Council of Trent. Sess 23, c. 7.) Therefore even a schismatic bishop or one who has been degraded or one who has been declared irregular etc, may ordain validly provided that his own consecration was valid and that he uses the essential matter and form.”
Feliecian A Roy, OFM, (1974) Catholic Almanac, “The Sunday Visitor”, p. 368.
“The Roman Catholic Church recognizes the validity of Old Catholic Orders and other Sacraments.”
St. Columban Fathers of St Columbans, NE, (1928, June), The Far East Magazine.
“These (Old Catholics) Orders are valid”
William Whalen, Separated Brethren, pp. 204, 248.
“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, possess a valid Priesthood.”
Father Stanislaw Woywood, OFM , Cardinal Billot, de Sacraments, 6th ed., vol. 1, p. 201, Practical Commentary of the Code of Canon Law.
“If a person has seriously and correctly used the due matter and form, he is that very reason presumed to have intended to do what the Church does.” (Apostolicae Curae) . . .” “Whenever there is no appearance of simulation on the part of the minister, the validity of the sacraments is sufficiently certain . . .”
Father Stanislaw Woywood, OFM LLB , A Practical Commentary on the Code of Canon Law, (revised and enlarged edition), Vol 1, sec 881, p. 558.
“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 and Old Roman Catholics are considered valid.
[These sources were printed with the imprimatur of various Roman Catholic Bishops.]
IS THE OLD CATHOLIC CHURCH OF THE UNITED STATES REALLY CATHOLIC?
If the Roman Catholic Church is your source of truth in these matters, see what the Roman Catholic Church teaches in its official documents. The “Dominus Iesus,” was issued during the reign of Pope John Paul II, June 16, 2000, and signed by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, August 6, 2000. Refer to Section IV: Article 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 the communion with him. The Churches which, while not existing in perfect communion with the 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…”