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The National Website of the
United Reform Catholic Church International

"We are an Ecumenical Catholic Mission"

Organized in 1978 / Established in June of 2001 / Re-Established July 1, 2006


URCCI Corporate Office
150 Hamakua Drive, Suite #810
Kailua, HI 96734


Email: Info@urcci.net

  


"We are an Ecumenical Catholic Faith 'Ohana"

 

We are Catholic Christian communities that are committed to the person of Jesus Christ and to His teaching. We accept and believe the testimony of His apostles who were His first disciples and eyewitnesses of His life, death, and resurrection from the dead. It was these same disciples who passed on to the church their own testimony about the person of Jesus and the events of His life. Embodied in their testimony are the very teachings of Jesus Himself.


The Reformation

After the Great Schism, the Roman Catholic Church continued to develop in Western Europe. For the next 450 years, during the Middle Ages, the Popes consolidated their power and extended their influence over the Church and society. With the dawn of the 16th century, the Roman Catholic Church was overloaded with moral and political corruption. Many concerned religious leaders made efforts to reform the Church.

These efforts at reform became known collectively as the Reformation. Two very different reformations resulted from these tensions. One became known as the independent communities that became Old Catholic. They were called Old Catholics because they sought to turn the clock back and adhere to the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church prior to the various schisms.

 

Some of the independent Catholic communities, like the United Reform Catholic Church International (URCCI) derive their Apostolic Succession through the Old Catholic Archbishop of Utrecht. The Archbishop of Utrecht traces his Apostolic Succession back to the Holy Apostles. The independent and Old Catholics therefore have a valid line of succession, a valid priesthood and episcopate with valid sacraments. The Roman Catholic Church has never denied this fact.


Distinctives of the United ReformCatholic Church International (URCCI)


        How does the United Reform Catholic Church International (URCCI) differ from a Roman Catholic Church?

·  The Catholics of our Ecumenical Catholic community do not recognize the teaching of papal infallibility and, therefore, are independent of the pope's jurisdiction. As a result, we are not bound by some of the canons and regulations that are formulated and enforced in the Roman Catholic Church.

·  Deacons, priests and bishops are permitted to marry.

·  Women are welcomed to all ranks of ordination: deacon, priest and bishop in the ministry of the Church. As Saint Paul wrote, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

·  Divorced people who remarry are able to be reconciled to the church through the grace of God and, therefore, are not excluded from the sacraments. Therefore, a divorced person may remarry with the blessing of the Church.

·  Artificial contraception is an issue of conscience between husband, wife, and God.

·  Each Catholic is an equal part of the Church. Therefore, lay people are encouraged to play a prominent role in the Church.

·  No Christian is excluded from the sacramental ministry. All baptized Christians are invited to participate in the worship and sacraments of the Church.

·  The United Reform Catholic Church International (URCCI) is an Ecumenical Catholic Church, descended from the Old Catholic Church of Utrecht.

The United Reform Catholic Church International is recognized as a Federal Tax Exempt 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization, by the Internal Revenue Services of the United States of America.