Old Catholic Confederation

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The Old Catholic Confederation (OCC) is a " union of traditional , orthodox Old Catholic Churches and Dioceses" in ecumenical partnership with the Anglican Communion Church of the Province of West Africa.[1][2][disputed (for: person is patron of a group)  ] According to its 2013 census, its membership includes about 150,000 Christians in many countries around the world, and especially in North and South America.[3][disputed (for: count includes 136,362 unregistered communicants)  ]

Founded under the leadership of Bishop Craig J. N. de Paulo in Philadelphia, in February 2013, with Bishop Rodney R. Michel as its episcopal visitor.[4] Currently, the OCC consists of six national jurisdictions and ten member Churches, including traditional Anglican Churches observing the 1931 Bonn Agreement[clarify] between Union of Utrecht member Churches and Anglican Communion member Churches.

In December 2013, the OCC and the Church of the Province of West Africa announced that Solomon Tilewa Johnson became the Patron of the OCC, recognizing it as a "distinct Old Catholic Christian community" in ecumenical partnership with the Church of West Africa and the Anglican Communion.[1][5][disputed (for: person is patron of a group)  ] At the same time, Johnson appointed and licensed de Paulo, President of the Synod of Bishops of the OCC, as his episcopal commissary for North America.[5]

The priests of the OCC commemorate the Bishop of Rome,[clarify] the Archbishop and President of the OCC synod of bishops, and the local bishop of the OCC member church.

Governance[edit]

The OCC is governed by an international Synod of Bishops, the majority of whom have an episcopal lineage through a sequence of apostolic succession derived from Married Priests Now! Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, a former Roman Catholic bishop from Zambia through Archbishop Peter Paul Brennan.[6][clarify]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Anglican Communion". occus.webs.com. Old Catholic Confederation of the United States. 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-02-02. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  2. ^ "Biography". archbishoptilewa.org. [s.l.]: [s.n.] Archived from the original on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  3. ^ "OCC worldwide census (in progress)". occus.org. Old Catholic Confederation of the United States. Archived from the original on 2014-05-13. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  4. ^ "Old Catholicism". occus.webs.com. Old Catholic Confederation of the United States. Archived from the original on 2014-05-12. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  5. ^ a b "News and Press Release". occus.webs.com. Old Catholic Confederation of the United States. 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-05-13. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 
  6. ^ "Apostolic succession of the Old Catholic Confederation". occus.org. Old Catholic Confederation of the United States. Archived from the original on 2014-05-13. Retrieved 2014-06-05. 

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