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Old Catholics
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I. Origins – II. History – III. Today

I. Origins

At various time, members of the Roman Catholic Church resisting papal centralism have been censured by the church. Organized on the national level in their own local churches, they consider themselves Catholics in historical continuity with the old, undivided church of the 1st millennium. They emphasize the dynamic character of their ecclesiastical organization and its orientation toward the Catholic church as a whole and the unity of all Christians. The term Old…

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Oeyen, Christian, “Old Catholics”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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