Old Catholic Church of Austria

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Old Catholic Church of Austria
Classification Catholic
Theology Ultrajectine
Governance Episcopal
Leader Heinz Lederleitner
Associations International Old Catholic Bishops' Conference
Region Austria
Headquarters Vienna
Separated from Roman Catholic Church
Congregations 14
Members 11,500 (2007)
Ministers 15
Official website altkatholiken.at
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The Old Catholic Church of Austria (German: Altkatholische Kirche Österreichs) is the Austrian member church of the Union of Utrecht of the Old Catholic Churches. It was nationally recognized in 1877, despite objections of the imperial dynasty and the Roman Catholic hierarchy in the formally pro-Vatican I state of Austria-Hungary.

In 1997, the church began ordaining women.[3] In 2007, the church elected Bishop John Okoro, a Nigeria former Roman Catholic priest, who became a member of the Old Catholic Church of Austria in 1999.[4] Prior to his election he had been the parish priest in Vorarlberg.

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  1. ^ "Altkatholische Kirche: Johannes Okoro zum Bischof gewählt" [Old Catholic Church: Johannes Okoro elected as bishop]. religion.orf.at (in German) (Vienna, AT: ORF Online and Teletext GmbH). 2007-11-19. Archived from the original on 2016-06-10. 
  2. ^ "Bischof". altkatholiken.at (in German). Vienna, AT: Altkatholische Kirche Österreichs. Archived from the original on 2016-01-17. Retrieved 2016-06-10. 
  3. ^ "Wofür wir stehen: der lange Weg zur Frauenordination" [What we stand for: the long way to the ordination of women]. altkatholiken.at (in German). Vienna, AT: Altkatholische Kirche Österreichs. Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. 
  4. ^ Pink, Oliver (2007-11-19). "Interview: 'Wollte Priester bleiben und Ja zur Liebe sagen' " [Interview: 'Wanted to remain a priest and say yes to love' ]. diepresse.com (in German) (Vienna, AT: Die Presse). Archived from the original on 2008-04-20. 

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Coordinates: 48°12′58″N 16°22′01″E / 48.2161°N 16.3669°E / 48.2161; 16.3669