What is a National Catholic Parish?

The National Catholic movement differs from the various Protestant divisions in that National Catholicism kept its belief in the Mass and in the priesthood necessary to have the Mass. To insure this, National Catholicism did not create new Ordination Rites, but simply translated the official Latin Roman Catholic rites. Thus it has never lost the historic episcopate, has maintained a validly ordained clergy and possesses an authentic Eucharist in which Christ is truly present. For this reason, in the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church, National Catholic parishes are seen as "separated" from Rome, (the official theological term for this is schismatic), but maintaining Valid Sacraments, rather than separated and theologically defective like Protestant denominations (the official theological term for this is heretical).

National Catholic churches originate from one of two historical sources. The older movement began in Europe at the conclusion of the First Vatican Council in 1869.

The chief concern of this Vatican Council was the promulgation of Papal Infallibility, a concept and doctrine which was strongly objected to by some bishops who saw it as over-reaching the traditional concept of the Pope as head of the College of Bishops and separating himself too independently from consultation with them. In reaction, some German theologians left the Roman Catholic Church and established a Catholic Church apart from Rome, with valid orders obtained through the schismatic Catholic Church in Utrecht, Holland. They differentiated themselves by keeping their doctrine to the "old practices" before the Vatican Council, hence they are known as Old Catholics. Today, in the United States, the largest successor to this movement is found in the Polish National Catholic Church, founded in 1898 as a federation of Polish parishes independent of the Roman Catholic Church, obtaining its valid Orders also through the schismatic Old Catholic Church of Utrecht. This church has recently reached an accord with the Roman Catholic Church allowing for an open Communion between the two churches.

The second source for National Catholicism comes from the Roman Catholic Church in Brazil.

Christ the King Ministries and Mission Catholic Church

(Celebrating Brazilian-Catholic-Tradition)

Serving Christ in others

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Christ the King Ministries

and Mission Catholic Church

Phone: 636-465-1423

Fax: 866-472-0703
E-mail:
FrPaul@CTKM.org

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