To many readers, this is the first time you have heard or read about the Old Catholic Church; there are several practical reasons for this. In any case, the simple goal of this website is to show what the OCC is, and what is stands for/ what it believes. In a very simplified view, the OCC is identical to the (more popular) Roman Catholic Church EXCEPT for the following:
· OCC does not believe in Papal Infallibility · OCC believes that the basic tenets of Christian Faith were determined prior to the Great Schism, via the (7) church-wide ecumenical councils. All doctrine formulated after this date were not truly worldwide or universally Christian. · OCC does not believe in the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary · The OCC prefers smaller/regional/autonomous churches and parishes as opposed to the large central hierarchical structure of the RCC. “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” This old saying is something to be studied and learned from. · The OCC does not require clergy celibacy, and OCC priests can marry. · In some OC churches, women can be clergy. · In some OC churches, gay/lesbian persons can be members of the clergy.
These are the central differences, from the RCC. The OCC does believe in the 7 Holy Sacraments, similar to the RCC. The OCC believes in its clergy holding valid apostolic succession. The OCC believes that not ALL Christian instruction can be attained via what is specifically written in the Old and New Testaments. (The OCC acknowledges and supports the value of Holy Tradition.) In these ways, the OCC differs from most Protestant churches.
To contact a member of the OCC, please research an existing parish in your area/state. Or, feel free to reach out to one of the managers of this website, below:
Bishop Maurice McCormick, D.D, Ed.D Louisville, KY firstname.lastname@example.org