As Tradition-bound Old Catholics we stand firm in the catholic faith, as it is defined by the ancient, undivided church of the first millennium and expressed in the dogmatic decrees of its seven holy ecumenical councils.
Trusting God’s will for salvation to all mankind and the Gospel of his Son, we confess the catholic faith as the revealed truth, who is Christ himself – the incarnated Word of God –, and that its recognition in the Holy Spirit within the church leads to eternal life:
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3, 14-16)
We see it as our task to adhere to and to preserve this faith according to the practise of the Ancient Church and as our destination to be transformed through Christ into a new creation. We feel as well obliged through the word of truth that the one and unique faith in the one church for the glorification of the only true God is given to the next generations un-shortened, un-falsified and un-altered.
As Tradition-bound Old Catholics we want to build up the kingdom of God. For this reason we reject every heresy being anathematized by the orthodox fathers that would place us outside the church. In particular we reject the innovations of ecclesiastical practise introduced on the basis of falsification of the Church’s doctrine since the 1980ies in the Middle European Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht.
Among others there the following suppositions are spread:
– that God is for us „father or mother“, but not the Almighty Father alone;
– that we are in the same manner „sons and sisters“ of God as Jesus is Son of God, but not that Christ is Son through his birth of the Father before all times, but the faithful only according through adoption by baptism;
– that Jesus Christ is „our brother“, but not our Lord, God and Redeemer;
– that the Holy Spirit is defined by gender or a virtue alone, but not a person of the substantially one trinity, proceeding from the Father before all times, and who is with the Father and the Son co-adored and co-glorified;
– that the mother of our saviour is „our sister in faith“, but not the all-holy Lady, God-Bearer (in Western Tradition better known as Mother of God) and Ever-Virgin;
– that Jesus had an bodily, earthly father;
– that Jesus had biological brothers and sisters;
– that the saints shall not be invoked for intercession;
– that the relics of the saints and the holy images shall not be venerated;
– that the redeeming-deed of Christ has the overcoming of the God-given differences between man and woman as content, but not the redemption from sin and death;
– that the ordination of women does not touch the nature and the mystery of the church;
– that admittance to ordination is a „right“, that men and women likewise can lay claim to;
– that same-sex relationships are to be blessed by the church;
– that ordinations outside the catholic church empower to the legitimate administration of the sacraments;
– that catholic local-churches at a later point of time within the undivided church of the first millennium had less share on the wholeness of catholicity than others at an earlier point of time;
– that the history of the undivided church of the first millennium is a history of decline;
– that faith is subjected to variability or shall be reshaped in order to make it up-to-date, or is to be interpreted in new terms;
– that liturgy can be „styled“ or modified, but not, that liturgical reforms have to take place within the frame of the renewal of the Old;
– that two sacraments are called the „Lord’s sacraments“, but not that seven sacraments, instituted by the Lord himself, exist (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Ordination, Matrimony, Penitence and Unction of the sick);
– that justification of the sinner through grace alone and accepted through faith, but not through co-operation of divine grace and human will through faith and by the means of grace;
– that the Holy Scripture is the unique source of revelation;
– that the Holy Scripture can be interpreted outside tradition, but not that the Holy Scriptures are be interpreted only in the light of tradition;
– that the consecrated Eucharistic gifts are only „signs of the presence of the Lord“, but not real-symbols of his bodily presence within the transformed holy sacrificial gifts of his body and blood;
– that holy Mass is a celebration of a banquet, but not a celebration of a sacrifice;
– that the dying of the Lord is an „act of solidarity with mankind“, but not a expiatory sacrifice;
– that the resurrection of the Lord is to be understood spiritually-symbolically, but not that he has bodily risen from the grave;
– that the Christian message has an worldly-immanent aim, but not the expectation of this second arrival with glory to judge the quick and the death as reference-point;
– that the expected resurrection of the death is a „resurrection of souls“ or signifies a spiritual reality, but not that on doomsday all departed will rise bodily;
– that there is no personal evil, but only evil in a neutral understanding;
– that there are multiple equivalent ways for salvation or more than one truth, but not that there is only one name, through whom we are redeemed: Jesus Christ, our Lord, who is seated to the right of the Father.
– To whom be all honour and glory with the Father and the Son in eternity! –
Tradition-bound Old Catholics see in the spread of the in the first place named and the Catholic faith from the inside out corrosive erroneous or dubious opinions and beliefs, as well as by the more or less obvious denial of the in the second place named sentences in the Old Catholic Churches of the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, a work of Satan, who tries to destroy the Church of God.
Therefore, we reject all innovation, which is in contradiction to the rule of faith of the early church or the aims to modify, supplement, or „contemporary remodel“ this rule in the strongest.
Standing on the solid foundation of the Apostles, we confess that to which we share our hope and of which we maintain our confidence in the words of the three traditional Christian symbols of faith: the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed.
Also, we cling to the belief that there is no salvation outside the Catholic Church. For this reason we find ourselves placed in a spiritual state of emergency as once our fathers and mothers who have rejected the neo-Catholic heresy of the First Vatican Council, namely the new doctrines that the bishop of Rome has universal jurisdiction over the whole Church and is infallible in declaring doctrines in matters of faith and morals when he speaks ex cathedra.
Tradition-bound Old Catholics can no longer have certainty that their shepherds stay in the true Catholic faith – on the basis of the Declaration of Utrecht and further observations of the International Old Catholic Bishops‘ Conference to 1976, including – because of the innovations, foremost the admission of women to the sacramental ordo in their Old Catholic local churches in which have modernists taken the leadership.
For this reason, we consider the innovations of the last two decades, violates the first principle of the Church: animarum salus suprema lex ecclesiae ( „The salvation of souls is the supreme law of the Church“).
We want to work towards the renewal of our churches from the true Catholic and apostolic faith, according to the proviso of St. Pope Stephen I:
Nihil innovetur, nisi traditum est ( „Nothing should be renewed except what has been handed down“).
So we call on all the believers in Christ who maintain the faith of the ancient, undivided Church to network here and to lead back the Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht to their proper destination:
To be Catholic in the truth!