Vision Statement of the Old Catholic Apostolic Church Of the Americas
As Catholics, we encourage all Christians to enhance their own lives by reclaiming our shared heritage and becoming active participants in the building of a future of deep ecumenism and a truly integral spiritual life.
Old Catholicism knows that Catholic Tradition is a living thing, rooted in the revelation of Jesus Christ and growing in the experience of the Church.
We strive to look beyond the sectarian details and seek in a deliberative fashion to understand what it means to be a committed Christian today, grounded in perceiving the Scriptures in the light of the experience of Reason and Apostolic Tradition. It is therefore embracing of the Church as a whole. It holds a vision for a grown-up Christianity, which reconciles genuine faith and commitment with intelligence and experience.
Old Catholicism was born not in Alexandria, Constantinople, or Rome, but out of ancient churches of Caesarea, Glastonbury, and Utrecht.
It was influenced by the great spiritual and transcendental movements of the 19th century, and was infused with greater vigor by the liberation of the Catholic Apostolic Church of Brazil.
Old Catholicism carries forward catholic Christianity's perpetual process of renewal.
Egalitarian, sacramental, and service-oriented in nature, the movement maintains focus and continues the Church's ministry of episkope and historic lineage through an apostolic succession of bishops, which reaches directly back to the apostles of Jesus of Nazareth.
Old Catholicism seeks to bring historical connectivity, creativity, relevance, joy, and an all-embracing awareness to spiritual practice, as a path to healing our hearts and finding balance and wholeness.
Old Catholicism acts to fully include all Christians and to respect all peoples. The movement helps to heal the world by promoting justice, freedom, responsibility, caring for all life and for the Earth that sustains our life.