OLD ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN EUROPE

ECCLESIA VETERA CATHOLICA ROMANA RITUUM LATINUM

Habemus Episcopum

 

December 31 2011 Feast of St Sylvester I, Pope
with effect from January 01 2012 Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord

From the Primate & Episcopal College of the Old Roman Catholic Church - Latin Rite
ANNOUNCEMENT OF BISHOP-ELECT
The V Revd Canon Jerome Lloyd OSJV, presently Vicar General of the Old Roman Catholic Church in Europe is hereby made Bishop-Elect of the same Church of our Communion for Great Britain and designated Apostolic Vicar for our Communion in Europe.

Monsignor Lloyd will be consecrated by the Primate, His Grace, Archbishop Boniface Grosvold on Saturday, May 5th 2012 in London, Ontario, Canada.

Monsignor Lloyd will be consecrated together with Monsignor David Fucci,
Bishop-Elect of the Military Vicariate for the USA and
Monsignor Antonio Freitas, Bishop-Elect for Portugal & Spain

PRIMATE: HE The Mt Revd Boniface Grosvold

On Monday, December 5th 2011, His Grace Archbishop Boniface Grosvold in the 42nd year of his Episcopate and in the 35th of his Primacy of the Old Roman Catholic Church - Latin Rite, received under his Apostolic and Episcopal protection the Old Roman Catholic Church in Europe, at the request of its legally constituted Chapter and representatives.

Archbishop Grosvold is Primate of one of the oldest and longest serving Old Roman Catholic jurisdictions in the world, with Churches in Canada, North & South America and Asia. His Grace is sixth in Apostolic lineage from Archbishop Mathew of blessed memory and third from Archbishop Carfora*.

All ORCCE clergy operate under the Licence and Faculties of Archbishop Grosvold.

APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION

Archbishop Gerardus Gul (1847 to 1920), Old Roman Catholic Archbishop of Utrecht, the Netherlands, on 28 April 1908 consecrated Arnold Harris Mathew (1852 to 1919) the Old Roman Catholic bishop of Great Britain.

On 29 June 1913 Bishop Mathew consecrated. Prince Rudolphe F.E. de Landas Berghes (1873 to 1920) as missionary bishop to Scotland.
In November of 1914 Bishop de Landas Berghes emigrated to the USA where in 1916 he established the North American Old Roman Catholic Church.

On 4 October 1916 Bishop de Landas Berghes consecrated Carmel Henry Carfora* (1878 to 1958) who in 1919 succeeded him as the second Archbishop of the North American Old Roman Catholic Church.

Archbishop Carfora on 30 July 1942 consecrated Hubert Augustus Rogers (1887 to 1976) who served from 1946 to 1972 as the Old Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York.

Archbishop Rogers on 21 September 1969 consecrated Edward Carlton Payne (born 1928) who in 1970 became Old Roman Catholic Archbishop of New England.

On 20 July 1974 Archbishop Payne consecrated Boniface Grosvold, assisted by Archbishop William Mark Plested of the Old Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ontario. On 30 November 1974 Bishop Grosvold was enthroned as the third Bishop of the combined Diocese of Niagara Falls, New York, Erie, Pennsylvania, and the Province of Ontario, and as the second Archbishop of the Old Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ontario in succession to Archbishop Plested, with seat in the city of Hamilton, Ontario.

 

N.B.

*Archbishop Frederick Linale of the "Old Roman Catholic Church", also third in succession from Archbishop Carfora (via Richard Arthur Marchenna and George Gerard Shelley)  sought and obtained a declaration from Rome confirming the validity of his Orders in 1962.

On 1/9/1982, Archbishop Romolo Carboni, the Apostolic Nuncio to Italy, wrote to His Eminence, the Cardinal Prefect of the Council for the Public Affairs of the Church, [document 1490/82], asking him to look into the Apostolic Succession of Mgr Linale. This task was given to Mgr Annibale Ilari, who had access to the Vatican Archives. In his written report to the Cardinal Prefect, dated 8/2/83, Mgr Ilari ended with the conclusion:
"I have attached a brief scheme of succession which ties Mgr Linale to the Supreme Pontiffs Benedict XIII, Benedict XIV and Pius IX, with the aim of assuring him that his lineage truly links him to the See of Peter."

APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION

"Far be it from me to speak adversely of any of these clergy who, in succession from the apostles, confect by their sacred word the Body of Christ and through whose efforts also it is that we are Christians" St Jerome, Letters 14:8 [A.D. 396]

The first Christians had no doubts about how to determine which was the true Church and which doctrines were the true teachings of Christ. The test was simple: just trace the Apostolic Succession of the claimants.   Apostolic Succession is the line of bishops stretching back to the Apostles.  This was effective because it was known in the shared history of the Church who were and were not the “orthodox” (i.e. taught true and ancient doctrine) from the “unorthodox” (heretical or in error) Bishops.  If a man’s succession was traceable back to an Apostle or a Bishop known to have been ordained by an Apostle, the chances were he was authentic (meaning his Sacraments were effective) and that his teaching was sound (an Apostle and a man ordained by an Apostle would not in turn ordain a known heretic).

To this day the Catholic Church still uses this “yard-stick” to determine who authentic teachers of the Apostolic Faith are and who are not, and who can and cannot affect Sacraments.  This is important for a variety of reasons but most importantly to ensure that the “inward and invisible grace” of a Sacrament is indeed present, e.g. at the Mass the bread and wine really do become the Body and Blood of Christ.

The ORCCE displays its Apostolic Succession on this website to show that it does hold a recognised Succession (shared with many Catholic Churches including Roman and Orthodox) together with it’s Statement of Faith to prove that its teaching and practise of the Apostolic Faith is authentic.  It is to be noted too that the ORCCE is a Church that enjoys intercommunion and dialogue with other authentic and orthodox Churches, similarly concerned to protect and preserve the authenticity of the Apostolic Tradition.

The role of Apostolic Succession in preserving true doctrine is illustrated in the Bible. Paul himself, who was directly chosen by Christ (through a vision), only becomes a minister after the laying on of hands by a Bishop Acts 9:17-19. This is a powerful proof-text for the necessity of sacramental ordination in order to be a legitimate successor of the Apostles.  To make sure that the Apostles’ teachings would be passed down after their deaths, Paul told Timothy, "[W]hat you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also" 2 Tim. 2:2.  In this passage he refers to the first three generations of Apostolic Succession - his own generation, Timothy’s generation, and the generation Timothy will teach.  

There is a tendency in some circles to suggest that Sacramental validity and Apostolic Teaching do not go “hand in hand”, that is to say, it is “ok” to teach doctrine contrary to the received tradition of the Church if one possesses a recognised Apostolic Succession.  This is not however true, authentic Apostolic Succession relies on received doctrine and practise of the Apostles as well as traceable succession; if a “valid” Bishop teaches something contrary to the received Faith of the Church, there can be no guarantee that the Sacraments he celebrates are valid because one cannot be sure if he “intends to do what the Church has always done”.  In other words, because his teaching is contrary to tradition, his intentions when celebrating a Sacrament may also be in doubt and this of course is of concern to those who want to be sure they are receiving the benefits of Christ’s grace through His Sacraments.

In Old and Independent Catholicism there are many Churches and Bishops who claim to hold a “valid” Apostolic Succession but who do not teach the Catholic Faith as it has been received, believed and taught by the whole Church.  These churches and their bishops are, unfortunately misguided and by their unorthodox belief and practice endanger others into the trap of heresy and apostasy.  There are other churches which whilst claiming to be or naming themselves “Catholic” do not possess a verifiable or traceable Apostolic Succession at all and these are particularly dangerous to the Faithful who want to receive the graces Christ bestows in His Sacraments through the Church.

It remains as true now as it did for the earliest Christians, if one wants to be sure of authentic teaching and effective Sacraments; one ought to look for the traceable Succession of Bishops descended from known orthodox Bishops as well as comparing the teaching and practise of the Church concerned to those of other orthodox Churches.  In this way the Faithful can be assured that Christ, through the Apostles and through His Church is still present and fulfilling His promise “… and I will be with you always until the end of the age” Matt 28:20.

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