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In the Early Twentieth Century

Revised:  18 January, A.D. 2002
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    In the light of the developments of previous centuries we see that the Old Roman Catholic Church received and still preserves, the seven Sacraments, the doctrines, rites, and moral teachings of the Church of Christ and the Apostles.  The Church is called "Old" because she rejects  Modernism and every recent innovation, while adhering faithfully to the doctrine and discipline of the Church of Apostolic times.  She is called "Roman" because Her teaching is identical with that of the Holy See of Rome  in the authentic exercise of Its magisterium;   because the line of her Apostolic Succession from the first century until 1739 was held in common with the Roman Catholic Church; and because She uses the Roman Rite (in the form prescribed by Pope Saint Gregory the Great, and codified by Pope Saint Pius V) without addition or change, using the time honored texts  of the Missale, Pontificale, and Rituale Romanum  with  great  care  and exactness as  to minister,  matter, form and intention in the offering of the  Holy Sacrifice  of the  Mass and  in the administration of the Sacraments.   The Church  is "Catholic" because She is not confined to any one  nation or  place  or  time,  teaching  the  same  Faith  once delivered by her Divine Founder, Jesus Christ to the Apostles.

    The  honest inquirer must be  cautioned not to confuse the Old Roman Catholic  Church  with  other groups  calling  themselves  "Old Catholic," or  with those usurping the  name  "Old  Roman  Catholic." Fostering this  sort of  confusion has  been a favored tactic of those hoping to promote schism within the traditional Catholic resistance to Modernism.    Much  which  in  this  age  calls  itself  Old  Catholic represents  some   compromise  with  Protestantism,  or, in a  wider digression, with  the non-Christian  cult  theosophy,  bearing  little resemblance to Catholicism.  (In 1870, Dr. Ignaz von Dollinger brought the Old Catholics into being to offer resistance to the dogma of Papal Infallibility.   In 1873,  the Church  of Utrecht was, must unhappily, prevailed upon to provide these Old Catholics with a bishop.  In 1889, an amalgamation  took place  between Utrecht  and the  Old  Catholics. Thus the Church of Utrecht laid the foundation for her subsequent fall into Modernism.)  The Old Roman Catholic Church has no connection with these "churches."

      Before the great See of Utrecht abandoned her historic position, however, God in His Divine Providence provided for the continuation of Old Roman  Catholicism.   Though Utrecht  was  eventually  to  abandon traditional Catholicism,  the Church  was not to perish.  On April 28, 1908, Archbishop  Arnold Harris  Mathew of  England was consecrated to the Episcopate  by Archbishop  Gerard  Gul  of  Utrecht,  assisted  by Bishops N.B.P.  Spitt of Deventer, and J.J van Thiel of Haarlam in the Netherlands, and  Bishop J.  Demmel of  Bonn, Germany.   By the end of 1910, however,  the influence of the Old Catholics had proved too much for Utrecht  and had  overwhelmed her.  So great and far reaching were the changes  which she  was prevailed  upon to make in her formularies and doctrinal  position that,  on December 29, 1910, Archbishop Mathew was forced to withdraw  the Old Roman Catholic Church in England from communion with Utrecht in order to preserve its orthodoxy intact.

      Archbishop Mathew cited several innovations of the Old Catholics which required  him to  withdraw  from  union  with  Utrecht:    1) An indeterminate number of Sacraments.  2) Abandonment of auricular Confession.  3) Departure from the veneration of the Blessed Virgin and the Saints.  4) Mutilation of the sacred rites and decreased devotion to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.  5) Omission of prayers for the Pope in the Canon of the Mass.  6) Loss of devotion to daily Mass and infrequency of Holy Communion.  7) Iconoclasm.  8) Admission of non-Catholics  to Holy  Communion.  9) Abolition of fasting and abstinence, and of the Eucharistic fast (A.H. Mathew, Pastoral Letter of 29 December 1910).     Perhaps the reader will notice a similarity between the Old Catholicism which Mathew rejected and the Modernist Catholicism which is so widely practiced today.

     Utrecht is no longer Old Roman Catholic but simply Old Catholic. Thus it comes about that the ancient and glorious Church of Saint Willibrord and Saint Boniface has its continuation and perpetuation through the present Old Roman Catholic Church, which is compelled, in defense of its orthodoxy, to refuse to hold union with either Utrecht or the Old Catholics, or with their Modernist counterparts. 

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