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THE COMMUNITY CATHOLIC CHURCH OF CANADA
Prepared by the Most Rev. Arthur C. Keating
1. I’ve heard of Roman Catholics and Ukrainian Catholics, but the Community Catholic Church is new to me.
We worship God in the Trinity, glorifying equally the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Baptism and Confirmation (Chrismation) are the two sacraments essential for
full acceptance into the Church of Christ.
In the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist we partake in the true body and blood of
Christ in the forms of bread and wine for the remission of sins, the healing of body
and soul, and for eternal life.
Confession is the fourth essential sacrament in the life of all Christians. In the
sacrament of Confession, Christ gives us the forgiveness of sins after Baptism
if we truly repent of them. Absolution for minor transgressions may be obtained
during the penitential rite at the Holy Eucharist and at other services.
Holy Ordination, Holy Matrimony and Holy Unction complete the seven. By the
3. In answer to my first question you mentioned the Union of Utrecht,
as engaged in a political struggle with the Jesuit order. It is alleged that this order
was trying to gain control of the church as their own “missionary territory” by accusing
it of the heresy “Jansenism”.
Jansenism was based on a book called The Augustinius; or the Doctrine of St. Augustine
on the Health, Sickness and Medicine of the Soul (1640) in which the author, Bishop
Cornelius Jansen, a Flemish theologian, had taken to task the teaching of a Spanish
Jesuit Molina (1558). When Bishop van Neercassel of the See of Utrecht died in 1686,
his position was left vacant by Rome for a lengthy period with no bishop to administer confirmation or to ordain new clergy.
The true break with Rome came in 1713 when the Papal Bull “Unigenitus” by Pope
Clement XI was issued. The Cathedral Chapter of Utrecht in 1723 elected Cornelius
van Steenover, who was then consecrated in 1724 by Dominic Marie Varlet, the Bishop
of Babylon, who was staying in the Netherlands.
This was the beginning of what was called “The Roman Catholic Church of the Old
Episcopal Party”, to be later known as “The Old Catholic Church of the Netherlands”.
In 1870, when the First Vatican Council ended abruptly, many German, Swiss and
4. How was the Community Catholic Church of Canada formed?The Community Catholic Church of Canada traces its Apostolic Succession
from the Old Catholic Church of the Netherlands as well as the Syrian Orthodox Catholic
Church of Antioch. The church arose from groups meeting in Hamilton beginning in
1934 which were affiliated with the Liberal Catholic Church and the North American
Old Catholic Church.
The Old Catholic Church became autonomous in 1948 with the consecration of Bishop
5. Are there other independent catholic churches in Canada?Yes, there are several Old Catholic groups in Canada. The better known are the Polish
National Catholic Church, and the Liberal Catholic Church of Ontario, now functioning
under the umbrella of Christ Catholic Church International.
6. I’m a divorced Roman Catholic, would I be able to receive the
The Chapter of Bishops has seen no reason to withhold the sacraments to a sincere
This means that in good conscience and in good faith, after considering
7. I’m a single mother who has approached several Roman Catholic priests
The Roman Catholic Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declared on
8. I had my child baptized by a Community Catholic priest, but when I
While it is acceptable for the Catholic elementary school staff not to be familiar with
Rome regards Old Catholic Churches in the same manner as it views the Eastern
9. Are your priests permitted to marry?In 305 A.D. the Council of Elvira in Spain, while not forbidding marriage, passed the
first decree on celibacy for all bishops, priests and those who served on the altar.
Pope Siricius in 385, commanded celibacy for bishops, priests and deacons.
Then in 1123, the First Lateran Council forbade clergy to marry and decreed that
those who had must dissolve their unions. None of these edicts were decisions by an
ecumenical council of all the Christian Churches in Apostolic Succession. In fact the
ecumenical Council of Nicea in 325 decided not to ban priests from marriage.
All clergy in the Community Catholic Church of Canada may marry if they wish to do so, either before or after ordination or consecration.
10. Do you have religious orders?
11. We are a married Catholic working couple in our late twenties and are saving for a down payment on a house, so we practice birth control. Would we be denied the sacraments in your Church for continuing this?
12. What is your Church’s attitude towards dancing, gambling and alcoholic beverages?
13. What is your Church’s stand on homosexuality?
14. How does the Community Catholic Church of Canada view the Scriptures?
15. What is your Church’s attitude towards war?
16. Can the children of “Old Catholics” attend Roman Catholic schools?
17. Do your Churches use the Roman Catholic Missal for its Services?
18. Are holy water and incense used in your services?
19. How does your church view abortion?
20. Can I obtain an indulgence by special devotions?
21. May women be ordained priests in your Church?
22. If you don’t believe in “papal infallibility” how can you call yourselves “Catholic”?
23. What are the orthodox catholic teachings regarding the Immaculate Conception and the Bodily Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary?