PROVINCE OF EUROPE
A WESTERN [LATIN RITE] EXPRESSION OF THE ORTHODOX FAITH

 The Old Roman Catholic Church

Old Roman Catholic Church in Europe

Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith

I. The Old Roman Catholic Church in Europe declares its belief in the ancient Symbol of Faith known as the Nicene Creed. The filioque clause in the Creed is retained.

I believe in one God; the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible: And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, Begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God, Begotten, not made, Being of one substance with the Father, By whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man, And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead: Whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord and giver of life, Who proceedeth from the Father [and the Son], Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spake by the Prophets. And I believe one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the Resurrection of the dead, And the life of the world to come.

The ORCCE also accepts the other ancient statements of faith known as the Apostles' and Athanasian Creeds as equally valid and useful

II. The ORCCE declares its belief in the Revelation of God and God's Son, Jesus Christ, found in the Canonical Scriptures (i.e. the Bible). This Revelation is inerrant in matters of faith.


III. The ORCCE declares its belief in the Seven Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Penance (or reconciliation), Eucharist, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick as signs of the Lord Jesus' continuing Presence and action in His Church and channels of Actual and Sanctifying Grace.

IV. The ORCCE declares its belief that the Eucharistic Celebration - the Mass - is a true Sacrifice and Propitiation as well for the living and the dead. The Mass is a representation of the one perfect sacrifice of Calvary when Our Lord offered Himself for the Salvation of the World; and it is a perfect remembrance of Christ's gift of Himself to us in Eucharistic Food at the Last Supper. The ORCCE declares its belief in the actual, real and true Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, in each and every portion of the eucharistic elements of bread and wine from the moment of their consecration in the Mass, by a validly ordained male Priest of the Catholic Church, until the moment of their dissolution.


V. The ORCCE affirms that the unworthiness of a minister of a Sacrament does not invalidate the said Sacrament as long as the Sacrament is performed with the proper matter, form and intention of the Church.


VI. The ORCCE believes that the saints consist of those baptised people who are in perfect harmony with God and who still live in the Church Militant, as well the dear departed, both in the Church Expectant in Purgatory and in the Church Triumphant completely in God's presence. We may pray to God through the saints and ask the saints to intercede for us to God for they are already in His presence.


VII. The ORCCE believes that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is truly the Theotokos, or bearer of the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Trinity; by a mystery She was conceived immaculate and remained Ever Virgin. The ORCCE holds that after her Dormition, because she had borne the Son of the everlasting Father, the Blessed Virgin Mary was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.

VIII. The ORCCE declares its belief in the normative decrees of the Seven Ecumenical Councils of the undivided Church: the Council of Nicea in 325 AD, Constantinople in 381 AD, Ephesus in 431 AD, Chalcedon 451 AD, Constantinople II in 533 AD, Constantinople III in 680 AD, and ending with Nicea II in 787 AD.


IX. The ORCCE declares its belief in the Sacred Traditions of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.


X. The ORCCE, in accord with Sacred Tradition, declares its belief that the bishops of the Church are each Successors to the Apostles and hold the teaching authority granted to the Apostles by Jesus Christ. This authority is not vested in any single bishop, regardless of office or position, but is equally and jointly held by all bishops.


XI. However, as Old Roman Catholics, believing in its entirety the Roman Catholic Faith, the ORCCE holds that the Supreme Pontiff of the Holy Roman Church is both Primus inter pares (First among equals) in relation to his brother Patriarchs in the Holy Orthodox Churches and yet, as successor to Saint Peter, truly the Vicar of Christ on Earth.

XII. The ORCCE declares its belief that Matters of Faith may be defined for the Church only in the presence of a moral consensus of all bishops and that, to be considered normative for the Church, a teaching proposed by the bishops in a matter of the Faith must also be received by a moral consensus of the People of God (sensum fidei).


XIII. The ORCCE declares its belief that Apostolic Succession, vested in the bishops, and passed on by them in the Sacrament of Holy Orders, is necessary for the licit and efficacious celebration of the Sacraments. As part of the One, Holy Catholic, Apostolic and Orthodox Church we affirm our adherence to the ancient, intrinsic doctrine of the Universal Church that the threefold ministry of Deacons, Priests and Bishops is essentially male.


XIV. The ORCCE declares its belief that it is called by Jesus Christ to preach the Good News of His life, death, and resurrection; and to extend His Sacraments to all who appropriately and reverently seek them.