Archbishop Joris Vercammen announces his retirement

Archbishop Joris Vercammen announces his retirementThe Archbishop of Utrecht, Dr Joris Vercammen (66), has announced in a letter to his ministers and parishes that he will retire on 11 January 2020. In his initial statement, Archbishop Vercammen said, "I have chosen this time because it is good for the Church and good for me". The church will be undergoing organizational changes and it will be good ... read more >>

Proximity, distance and power. Church and pastoral care in the #MeToo Age

The 46th International Old Catholic Theologians’ Conference was held in Wislikofen/AG in Switzerland from 26-30 August 2019. ... read more >>

Communiqué of the International Old Catholic Bishops' Conference (IBC) 2019 meeting in Lublin, Poland

The International Old Catholic Bishops’ Conference (IBC) met in Lublin from 24th to 27th June 2019.

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Welcome to the website of the Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht. This union is a family of nationally organised Catholic Churches that hold fast to the beliefs and practices of the early undivided Church, without rigidly adhering to the past. They aim to retain what is good while being open to the renewal of church and spiritual life. The member Churches have an episcopal-synodical structure. At the international level, their bishops work together in the International Old Catholic Bishops’ Conference (IBC). In agreement with the member Churches, this body is concerned with all aspects of church life and teaching and for ecumenical relations, without interfering in the jurisdiction of the Churches themselves.

On this website you will find documents, background information and reports from the IBC and the member Churches.

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