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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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Thursday, March 15, 2018 Bishop Callahan Blog 205
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Saturday, March 10, 2018 Bishop Callahan Blog 784
QUESTION: Historically speaking, were there licit women bishops or priests? Is there historical evidence of a licit female priesthood? I n our present-day reality, there are many Liberal Catholic Jurisdictions and Protestant Denominations that actively promote the ordination of women. Within the...
Saturday, March 10, 2018 Bishop Callahan Blog 207
E ver since the “Great Commission, the Church has always been the “Minister” of Salvation. In this particular understanding, the People of God are the Church. The Church of the First 1,000 years gave us the Bible and cleared up doctrinal confusion regarding the very nature of God and salvation. In...
Thursday, March 08, 2018 Bishop Callahan Blog 331
T he Catholic Church in America (CCIA) is defined by our relationship with Christ, not our understanding of human sexuality. According to a 2011 article in the Huffington Post, “The Civil Rights Issue of Our time is Gay Marriage.” From the perspective of this article, the key players in our...
Saturday, February 17, 2018 Bishop Callahan Blog 496
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 461
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 602
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 888
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 480
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 529
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 528
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 458
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...