OLD CATHOLIC CONFEDERATION   

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Union of Utrecht

1889-2014

125 Years

Union of Utrecht

The Union of Utrecht is a federation of Old Catholic Churches consisting of several national churches in Europe, especially in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland. The Old Catholic Church objects to the papal claim of universal supremacy and infallibility proclaimed at the First Vatican Council in 1870. While orthodox in faith and traditional in liturgy and worship, the Old Catholic Church has a more liberal theological anthropology.

While the Old Catholic Confederation acknowledges the Archbishop of Utrecht as the Primate of the Old Catholic Church and the Successor of St. Willibrord, the Member Churches and Dioceses of the Old Catholic Confederation are neither Member Churches of the Union of Utrecht nor subject to the authority of the Archbishop of Utrecht. 

The Old Catholic Church in the United States, its Archdiocese of the United States, Suffragan Dioceses, Vicariates and Member Churches are under the canonical authority of the Synod of Bishops of the Old Catholic Confederation. 

His Grace, The Most Rev. Dr. Joris Vercammen

Primate of the Old Catholic Church 

and the Union of Utrecht

Metropolitan-Archbishop of Utrecht

Old Catholic Church of the Netherlands

Archbishop Dr. Vercammen and the Old Catholic Bishops of the Union of Utrecht meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican. 

 

Willibrord Society


St. Willibrord was a Northumbrian monk who brought Christianity to the Low Countries in the 7th century and became the first Archbishop of Utrecht in 695. The Anglican and Old Catholic Churches have adopted him as the patron of their relations, which have always been close. To strengthen these links, the first Willibrord Society was founded in England in 1908. Full church communion was achieved when the Bonn Agreement was signed in 1931. Today the Willibrord Societies in several European countries work to apply this agreement in everyday church life. For further information, please go to:www.willibrord.org