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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

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At the Conclusion of this course, the student should be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the origins and history of the Old Catholic Church, understand its founding principles and have a firm grasp on the importance of maintaining a sense of orthodoxy and preservation of the historic deposit of faith — especially in light of modernism and the encroachment of modern, liberal theology and morals. After completion, the student must present a paper. 

We are currently working to get this course into an online seminary, leading to qualification for ordination or incardination into our jurisdiction. This will be our first course and a prerequisite for all subsequent courses. 

Classes will meet each Monday morning at 10:00 am (PST), for fifteen weeks, beginning January 22, 2018. The cost for this class is $25.00 + $8.00   registration fee.


Course Texts and Materials:

Primary Text: The Old Catholic Movement, its Origins, and History by the Rev. C.B.


CATHOLIC But Not Roman ORTHODOX But Not Eastern: An Introduction To The Old Catholic Church


Episcopi Vagantes and the Anglican Church


The Other Catholics


Selected online texts — links to come

Session Outlines

Session 1 – Introduction

 Old Catholicism – Warts and All

 Latin, Not Eastern

 Papal Infallibility

 Universal Episcopate

 Immaculate Conception

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Session 2 – Utrecht Origins -- Historic Overview

The following topics will be discussed in this second module and its corresponding session:

Legacy of Utrecht — Historic Origins 

  • Misunderstood and Often Maligned
  • It’s my ball syndrome
  • The Oak Tree Analogy

1st and Foremost Catholic Christian 

  • Our origins are rooted in traditional Catholic sources
  • We ascribe to ancient Creeds
  • Apostolic Succession

The Utrecht Origins 

  • Utrecht, the Early Years
  • Saint Willibroad
  • Autonomy
  • Protestant Reformation in the Netherlands
  • Port Royal, Cornelius Jansen, and the Jesuits 
  • Political, not doctrinal split from Rome

New Dogmas — New Schism


Session 3 – Development of Papal Claims

The following topics will be discussed in this third module and its corresponding session:

  • Introduction
  • Primacy vs. Supremacy
  • The Problem with Traditional Proof Texts
  • The Early Church Emphasized the Role of Bishops and Clergy
  • Apostolic Succession
  • Infallibility Much More Problematic 



Session 4 – Conciliar Roots

 The following topics will be discussed in this fourth module and its corresponding session:

  • Introduction
  • Concilliar Roots
  • Post-Apostolic period
  • Apostolic Council of Jerusalem
  • 1st Seven Ecumenical Councils
  • Middle Ages
  • The Great (East/West) Schism 1054
  • 14th & 15th Centuries
    • Avignon Popes
    • Great Schism of the West 1378 to 1417
  • The Counciliar Movement



Session 5 – The Great Schism

  •  Introduction
  • The Nuts & Bolts — Whats in a Word?
  • Great Schism Overview
  • Roots of the Schism
  • More than a Word 
  • Political and social influences
  • Liturgical & Theological Differences
  • Language Barriers 
  • Pride of Position and Authority
  • 3 Little Schisms
  • The Great Schism
  • The Official Break
  • Reconciliation
  • Review 



Session 6 – Subsidiarity, Gallicanism, and Febronianism

  • Words Are Interesting
  • The Jesuits
  • The Old Catholics
  • Ultrajectine Theology
  • Gallicanism 


Session 7 – Utrecht’s Breach from Rome



Session 8 – Trent




Session 9 – First Vatican Council




Session 10 – Union of Utrecht

 Resisting new innovations and maintaining Catholic teachings


Session 11 – Utrecht Documents
• The Declaration of Utrecht
• The Fourteen Thesis
• The Bonn Agreement


Session 12 – Old Catholic Origins in North America




Session 13 – Old Catholic Theology




Session 14 – Modern Innovations

 Conservative vs. liberal divisions



Session 15 – Old Catholic Essentials

 First Seven Ecumenical Councils 

 Forty Points of Clarity