International Old Catholic Bishops' Conference

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International Old Catholic Bishops' Conference
Internationale Altkatholische Bischofskonferenz
Abbreviation IBC
Formation September 24, 1889; 127 years ago (1889-09-24)
Founded at Utrecht, Netherlands
Headquarters Utrecht, Netherlands
Archbishop Joris Vercammen
Main organ
Parent organization
Union of Utrecht of the Old Catholic Churches

The International Old Catholic Bishops' Conference or International Bishops' Conference (IBC) is the synod of bishops of Union of Utrecht of the Old Catholic Churches (UU) member churches.[1] It is analogous to but not a metropolia.[2] It is similar to the Lambeth Conference of the Anglican Communion. Like the Lambeth Conference, it is not a legislative body.

The IBC was founded in 1889 by the bishops of the Old Catholic Church of the Netherlands, the Catholic Diocese of the Old Catholics in Germany, and the Christian Catholic Church of Switzerland.

According to the UU,[3] the responsibilities of the IBC include:

  • maintain community between member churches of the UU
  • "taking a stand in controversial questions of faith and related ethical behaviours as well as in church order"
  • make formal authoritative UU statements about faith and principles[4]
  • regulate ecumenical "relationships with other churches and religious communities"[5]
  • accept churches into the UU
  • accept bishops into the IBC

The archbishop of Old Catholic Archdiocese of Utrecht is ex officio the president of the IBC.[6]

The bishops of UU member churches meet yearly.


  1. ^ Smit 2011, p. 3; UU IBC.
  2. ^ Smit 2011, p. 95.
  3. ^ UU & IBC.
  4. ^ Smit 2011, p. 38; UU IBC.
  5. ^ Smit 2011, p. 98; UU IBC.
  6. ^ Smit 2011, p. 177.

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