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The Catholic Church in America (CCIA) is an autocephalous Catholic jurisdiction in the Old Catholic tradition. An Autocephalous Church (literally, "self-headed") refers to a church whose presiding archbishop is independent and does not report to any higher human authority, yet usually remains in communion with other affiliated churches. Our tradition of autocephaly stems from our apostolic succession through the Union of Utrecht, which maintains to this day the ancient tradition of electing their own bishops.

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++Michael Callahan
Presiding Bishop
The Catholic Church in America


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Saturday, February 17, 2018 Bishop Callahan Blog 169
What does the Church teach about Self Defense?" I n light of last week’s tragedy in Florida, I thought I would spend a few moments reflecting on the issues of self-defense in general and gun ownership in particular. Shortly after the incident that took 17 lives, one of my FB friends posted, “Where...
Thursday, January 18, 2018 Bishop Callahan Blog 176
Some time ago, I heard a story about a young priest who entered into a barber shop to get a hair cut. After the greetings and questions regarding how he would like his hair cut, the cleric proceeded to read his bible. The barber grimaced, but proceeded along doing his professional task. At the end...
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Bishop Callahan Blog 257
In Association with St. Anthony's Cathedral Liturgical House of Studies Legacy of Utrecht Old Catholic History and Modern Relevance Professor: The Most Rev. Michael Callahan, D.D. O.C.R Class Registration Registration Link At the Conclusion of this course, the student should be able to demonstrate...
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Bishop Callahan Blog 220
A quote from St. Ambrose of Optina, regarding Roman innovations and “Heresy.” But just as one mistake–which is not considered a mistake–always brings another one in its train, and one evil begets another, so the same happened with the Roman Church. This incorrect philosophizing that the Holy...
Thursday, January 11, 2018 Bishop Callahan Blog 156
Why Do Priests Wear a Chasuble at Mass? T he Roman casula went out of style ages ago, but the Church held on to it through the centuries. When attending Mass, you’ll always see the priest wearing a distinctive garment unlike anything in modern-day fashion. It typically has some sort of...
Monday, January 08, 2018 Bishop Callahan Blog 219
Are Catholics Christian? Why Not Reverse the Question? A bit over a year ago, the question “Are Catholics Christian?” Prompted me to write a book. The number of Folk who claim to be Catholic that fall victim to well-meaning Evangelical Christians who challenge their faith each year is immense. For...
Thursday, December 14, 2017 Bishop Callahan Blog 239
O ne of Australia's highest-ranking officials in the Catholic Church has stated that he would “rather go to prison” than report pedophilia to police. I say, " Lock him up ! This is one huge difference between the CCIA and the Roman jurisdiction. Our priests are considered "Mandatory Reporters." We...
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Bishop Callahan Blog 187
Consecration of the Catholic Church in America to Our Lady of Guadalupe The Catholic Church in America Recognizes the unique roll that the Blessed Mother of Jesus has and continues to play within the Church of Christ. Additionally, we view the particularly American Devotion to Our Lady of...
Monday, December 11, 2017 Bishop Callahan Blog 139
The teachings of conservative Old Catholic Churches are historically defined by Holy Scripture, Holy Tradition, Ecumenical Councils and documents of the Old Catholic Church. Additionally, we hold to the same founding Rule of Faith found in the Declaration of Utrecht, laid down by St. Vincent of...
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Bishop Callahan Blog 325
Pledge of Commitment to the Catholic Tenets of Faith and Pre-Application Statement for the Catholic Church in America “Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation.” (Mark 16:15) W e, the People of God of the Catholic Church in America (CCIA), both clergy and lay, guided by...
Sunday, November 12, 2017 Bishop Callahan Blog 151
Author, Michael Callahan. eBook Available on Amazon T aking the admonition in 1 Thessalonians 5 to "pray without ceasing" as inspiration, Bishop Callahan takes us on a "pilgrim's journey." The focus here is on deepening our personal faith in our busy and often faithless world, through Christian,...
Sunday, November 12, 2017 Bishop Callahan Blog 140
Our Mission is not to be the Church of Nice — We are Called to be the Church of Christ! It is neither nice, or loving to be an "affirming" church. That is, we are not called to accept every teaching of society as acceptable within the Catholic Church. We are a Church that preaches the necessity of...