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Holy Lines of Apostolic Succession (Utrecht Origin)

for the Catholic Church in America (Old Catholic Tradition)

Presiding Bishop, the Most Reverend, Michael D. Callahan, D.D., OCR, OC
 
Apostolic Succession is a term in Catholicism, which relates to the validity the Old Catholic Rite and their Episcopal Orders. For a bishop to claim “valid” apostolic succession, he must be able to trace his apostolic lineage back to the original apostles, and ultimately back to Jesus Christ in an unbroken line. As tradition dictates each bishop in succession is consecrated by multiple bishops from varying lines of succession. Therefore, the list of succession presented here is but one of hundreds of valid lines. We will be publishing other lines as addendums as time permits.
 
As a jurisdiction in the “Old Catholic Tradition,” the Catholic Church in America does not look to the Church of Rome for validation. Our lines of succession speak loud and clear to the authenticity of our apostolic ministry. The brief list of affirmations that follow are provided for the purpose of discounting those who would cast aspersions and doubt.
 
Following is a list of certain affirmations concerning the validity of the lines of succession contained herein. These attestations are the imprimatur from various Latin Rite sources.
  1. We have no reason to doubt that they are valid. The Apostolic Succession does not depend on the obedience to the See of Peter (Rome) but rather on the objective line of succession from apostolic sources, the proper matter and form, and the proper intention… Likewise Old Roman Catholic Bishops are Bishops in Apostolic Succession… The Old Roman Catholics, like the Orthodox, possess a valid priesthood.”
    1. Separated Brethren
      Page 204, 208
      William J. Whalen
      Bruce Publishing Co.
      Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  2. “The Order of Corporate Reunion attests to the validity of these lines of Apostolic Succession.”
    1. Archbishop Peter Paul Brennan OCR
  3. “A validly consecrated bishop can validly confer all orders from minor orders to the episcopate inclusively,… for this reason the ordinations performed by the bishops of the Old Roman Catholic Church are considered valid.”
    1. A practical Commentary on the Code of Canon Law, Revised and enlarged Edition, Vol. I, Sec. 881. Pg. 558, by Rev. S. Woywod, C.F.M., L.L.B,; Joseph F. Wagner, Inc., N.Y.
  4. “They have received Valid Orders.”
    1. Roman Catholic Dictionary
      Donald Attwater
  5. “Their orders and sacraments are valid”
    1. Roman Catholic Dictionary
      Donald Attwater
  6. “The Old Catholic Church has received valid Episcopal consecration.”
    1. Christian Denominations
      Rev. Konrad Algermissen
  7. “These orders are valid”
    1. The Far East Magazine
      June, 1928
      St. Columban Fathers
      St. Columbans, Nebraska
  8. The Roman Catholic Church recognizes the validity of Old Roman Catholic orders and other sacraments.”
    1. 1974 Catholic Almanac
      Felician A. Foy, O.F.M.
      Page 368
      Our Sunday Visitor
  1. HISTORIC NOTE:
    Concerns regarding the “Matthew” consecration and lines of succession revolve around a certain factual misrepresentation of a certain man named “O’Halloran.” Matthew himself, it is widely reported, was forthright in promptly reporting the irregularity. Despite reports to the contrary, on 5th October 1909, together with the Old Catholic bishops Thiel, Demmel, Spit and the Utrecht Archbishop Gul, Bishop Mathew assisted at the consecration of the Mariavite bishop Kowalski, so clearly there was no suggestion of “mala fides” or “invalidity” then by the Old Catholic bishops. 

Utrecht Succession:

Table of Apostolic Succession from Scripone Cardinal Rebiba to Present

The records of Episcopal Consecration for all Roman Catholic Bishops in this Line of Succession, prior to His Eminence, Scipione Cardinal Rebiba are located in the Archives of the Vatican.  All of the Popes since December 8, 1700, except for two, trace their Apostolic Succession from the same His Eminence, Scipione Cardinal Rebiba. Most of the Traditionalist Catholic Bishops throughout the world, including those descended from Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and Bishop Carlos Duarte Costa share this same Ecclesiastical Source and Heritage, as also a number of Bishops of the “continuing” Anglican Churches and the Philippine Independent Catholic Church.

Dates recorded below indicate the Date of Episcopal Consecration.

 

  • SCIPIONE CARDINAL REBIBA   (see footnote #1)
    Archbishop of Albano; Prelate to the Papal Court consecrated Bishop - March 14, 1541
     
  • GIULIO CARDINAL SANTORO
    Archbishop of Saint Severine; Prelate to the Papal Court - March 12, 1566

  • GIROLAMO CARDINAL BERNERI, O.P.
    Bishop of Albano; Prelate to the Papal Court - September 7, 1586
     
  • GALEAZZO SANVITALE
    Archbishop of Bari; Prelate to the Papal Court - April 4, 1604

  • LUDOVICO CARDINAL LUDOVISI
    Camerlengo pf the Holy Roman Church; Prelate to the Papal Court - May 2, 1621
     
  • LUIGI CARDINAL CAETANI
    Titular Patriarch of Antioch; Prelate to the Papal Court - June 12, 1622
     
  • GIOVANNI-BATTISTA SCANNAROLO
    Titular Bishop of Tyre and Sidon; later Bishop of Sidonia; Prelate to the Papal Court - October 7, 1630

  • Antonio Cardinal Barberini
    Consecrated October 24, 1655. From 1657 until his death in 1671 he was Archbishop of Rheims. Cardinal Barberini consecrated to the Episcopacy:

  • Charles Maurice de Tellier on November 12, 1677.
    in 1677, by the orders of Pope Clement X, De Tellier consecrated to the Sacred Episcopate:

  • Jaques Benigne Bossuet on September 21, 1670.
    As Bishop of Meaux, he consecrated to the Sacred Episcopacy:

  • James Coyon de Mattignon on April 16, 1693.
    He passed on the succession when he consecrated to the Sacred Episcopacy:

  • Dominique Marie Varlet on February 12, 1719.
    He consecrated to the sacred Episcopacy:

  • Peter John Meindaerts on October 7, 1739.
    He was the first Vicar Apostolic of Utrecht. From him autocephaly came into existence.  He consecrated to the sacred Episcopacy:

  • John Van Stiphout as Bishop of Haarlem on July 11, 1745.
    He consecrated to the sacred Episcopacy:

  • Walter Michael Van Nieuwenhuizen as Archbishop of Utrecht on February 7, 1768. He consecrated to the sacred Episcopacy:

  • Adrian Brockman as Bishop of Haarlem on June 21, 1778.
    He consecrated to the sacred Episcopacy:

  • John James Van Rhijn as Archbishop of Utrecht on July 5, 1797.
    He consecrated to the sacred Episcopacy:

  • Gisbert de Jong as bishop of Deventer on November 7, 1805.
    He consecrated to the sacred Episcopacy:

  • John Bon as Bishop of Haarlem on April 22, 1819.
    He consecrated to the sacred Episcopacy:

  • John Van Santen as Archbishop of Utrecht on June 14, 1825
    He consecrated to the sacred Episcopacy:

  • Herman Heykamp Bishop of Deventer on July 17, 1853
    He consecrated to the sacred Episcopacy:

  • Gaspart John Rinkel Bishop of Haarlem on August 11, 1873
    He consecrated to the sacred Episcopacy:

  • Gerardus Gul on May 11 1892. He had been the parish priest of Hilversum, and was consecrated at that parish by Bishop Rinkel, assisted by Cornelius Diependaal, Bishop of Deventer, and Josef Reinken, Bishop of Bonn, Germany. The following year Bishop Gul succeeded as Archbishop of Utrecht. Archbishop Gul Bishop Francis Hodur, first Bishop of the Polish National Catholic Church in 1907 at Utrecht Holland. Archbishop Gul consecrated to the sacred Episcopacy the English Lord:

  • Arnold Harris Matthew, Earl of Landaff, on April 28, 1909, as Regionary Bishop of the Catholic Church which is in the Kingdom of Great Britain. Bishop Matthew was consecrated at the Cathedral of Saint Gertrude, Utrecht, by Dutch Archbishop Geradus Gul, assisted by James John Van Theil, Bishop of Haarlem, Nicholas Bartholomew Peter Spit, Bishop of Deventer, and Joseph Demmel, Regionary Bishop of Germany. Bishop Matthew had been ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Eyre at Saint Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow, on June 24, 1877. He had received Doctor of Divinity degree from Pope Pius IX. (More on Arnold Harris Matthew) Archbishop Matthew consecrated to the sacred Episcopocy:

  • Prince de Landas Berghes de Rache, Duc de St. Winock on June 29, 1913, in London England. An Austrian citizen, Bishop De Landas journeyed to the United States when World War I commenced. It was through this Austrian nobleman that apostolic succession was carried to the North American Continent. Before he retired to an Augustinian monastery at Villanova, Pennsylvania, the Prince Bishop consecrated several bishops. On October 3, 1916, at St. Dunstan’s Abby Chapel, in Waukegan Illinois, the Austrian Prince Bishop consecrated to the sacred Episcopate, Abbot William Henry Brothers. Then, assisted by Bishop Brothers, Bishop de Landas consecrated to the sacred Episcopate:

  • Carmel Henry Carfora, a priest of the Old Roman Catholic Church, who was consecrated as an Archbishop for Canada on October 4, 1916. This consecration took place at St. Dunan’s Abby in Waukegan, Il. The Most Reverend Carfora, who later became the Archbishop of the North American Old Catholic Church, had been originally consecrated in the Jacobite succession in 1912 by Paola Miraglia-Gulotti. This Episcopal consecration was received at Piacenza, Italy on May 6, 1900, at the hands of Timotheus Vilatte.
    Archbishop Carmel Henry Carfora consecrated to the sacred episcopate:

  • Jose Macario Lopez Valdes on October 17, 1926 as a bishop for the new Iglesia Ortodoxa Catolica Apostolica Mexicana. Lopez consecrated to the sacred episcopate:

  • Alberto Luis Rodriguez y Durand: on March 27, 1930. He assumed I.O.C.A.M office as Bishop Ordinary of Los Angeles. He consecrated to the sacred episcopate:

  • Emile F. Rodriguez y Fairfield on March 12, 1955.
    (More on Bishop Rodriguez y Fairfield. He then consecrated to the episcopate:

  • Patrick Joseph Callahan on April 17, 1984.  Bishop Callahan Consecrated to the sacred episcopate:

  • Howard D. Van Orden on October 14, 1984. He consecrated to the sacred episcopate:

  • Mar Kepa (Petros), Eric Tan Ong Veloso on October 30, 1988.
    He consecrated to the sacred episcopate:

  • James (Mar+Yacob), Juan L. Baladad on January 6, 1991 (d.5/7/17)
    +Jürgen Bless, +Richard Bridges, +Thomas Silva, +Donald Jolly and Daniel McArthy as co-consecrators. Juan was originally consecrated as an “Bishop Abbot” by the Most Reverend Paul Schultz, the Most Reverend Baladad was the founding (presiding) Archbishop of the Catholic Church in America. His history includes Episcopal ties with the Philippine Independent Catholic Church and the Mexican National Catholic Church (thorough Archbishops Emil F. Rodriguez and Paul Schultz) and was the successor to Archbishop Jürgen Bless and the Inter-American Old Catholic Church. 

  • Michael D. Callahan was consecrated to into apostolic succession by the Most Reverend Juan Baladad on December 4, 2016, assisted by bishops Jose Trejo and Jose Villena – at the Cathedral Parish of San Juan Los Angeles, in Lake Los Angeles California. Shortly after his consecration, +Callahan was appointed Coadjutor with the right of succession for Archbishop Baladad and the Catholic Church in America. ++Michael was ordained into the holy order of the Priesthood on November 27th, 1999 by the Most Reverend Jürgen Bless, at the Cathedral parish of St. Jude Thaddeus, in Huntington Beach, California – where he also met Auxiliary Bishop Baladad and partnered with him in ministry for a season. Then Father Callahan transferred amicably and with permission to the jurisdiction of the American Old Catholic Church, under the leadership of Bishop Dan Gincig, where he served for 15 years. After learning about ++Baladad’s illness and need for assistance, Father Callahan returned to ++Juan’s jurisdiction and was instrumental in transitioning the church into becoming more nationally focused, rather than being ethnically driven.
Fotnote #1
More than 91% of the more than 4,900 Roman Catholic Bishops alive today, trace their episcopal lineage back to one bishop who was appointed in 1541 - Scipione Rebiba. Why so many bishops trace their lineages to this one bishop can be explained in great part by the intense sacramental activity of Pope Benedict XIII, who consecrated 139 bishops during his episcopate and pontificate, including many cardinals, papal diplomats, and bishops of important dioceses, who in turn, consecrated many other bishops. Today all of the Old Catholic/Old Roman Catholic bishops derived through the Utrecht succession, also share this exact same ecclesiastical progenitor, as the source of their episcopal lineage in the Apostolic Succession, further demonstrating our common origins with our Roman Catholic brother bishops, and solidifying our unquestionable membership and continuity in the same Catholic Faith and Church. 

 

Apostolic Lines of Succession – The Catholic Church in America