Free Catholic Church

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The Free Catholic Church in Germany (German: Freikatholische Kirche in Deutschland) is a Christian religious community in Germany which was legally registered in 1987.[1][a]

Johannes Peter Meyer-Mendez brought the Brazilian Catholic Apostolic Church (ICAB) to Germany in 1949.[6] It was registered as the Free Catholic Church ("Freikatholische Kirche").

After Meyer-Mendez died, Georg Fröbrich (de) became the leader, then Hilarios Karl-Heinz Ungerer became the leader and moved from Cologne to Munich.

In 1972, Ungerer opened a storefront church in Munich. Over the next 25 years he endeavoured to integrate marginal groups into the church.[citation needed]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ According to Religious Studies Media and Information Service (de) in Germany which did research and a literature review in 2005, Free Catholic Church in Germany was affiliated with ICAB and it had a membership of 412 in Germany.[2] In 2006, Free Catholic Church in Germany was not listed as affiliated with ICAB through Igrejas Católicas e Apostólicas Nacionais (ICAN) on the ICAB website.[3] In 2009, Free Catholic Church in Germany was not listed as affiliated with ICAB through the Worldwide Communion of Catholic Apostolic Churches on the ICAB website.[4] As of 2015, Free Catholic Church in Germany was not listed as a mission outside of Brazil on the ICAB website.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Impressum". freikatholische-kirche.de (in German). München, DE: Freikatholische Kirche in Deutschland e.V. Archived from the original on 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2015-10-23. 
  2. ^ "Freikatholische Kirche". remid.de (in German). Marburg, DE: Religionswissenschaftlicher Medien- und Informationsdienst e. V. 2005. Archived from the original on 2015-10-01. Retrieved 2015-10-23. 
  3. ^ "Igrejas Católicas e Apostólicas Nacionais no Mundo: filiadas ao Patriarcado Mundial das Igrejas Nacionais Católicas e Apostólicas". igrejabrasileira.com.br (in Portuguese). BR: Igreja Católica Apostólica Brasileira. Archived from the original on 2006-04-14. Retrieved 2015-10-23. 
  4. ^ "CICAM - Comunhão Mundial das Igrejas Católicas e Apostólicas". igrejabrasileira.com.br (in Portuguese). BR: Igreja Católica Apostólica Brasileira. Archived from the original on 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2015-10-23. 
  5. ^ "Enderecos". igrejabrasileira.com.br (in Portuguese). BR: Igreja Católica Apostólica Brasileira. Archived from the original on 2015-10-23. Retrieved 2015-10-23. 
  6. ^ "Der Freikatholizismus". freikatholische-kirche.de (in German). München, DE: Freikatholische Kirche in Deutschland e.V. Archived from the original on 2013-10-10. Retrieved 2015-10-23.