About the Abbey of the Most Holy Mother
We are an Independent Catholic Abbey of the old traditions, dedicated to teaching the faith according to eternal fundamentals of the original old world church. We have apostolic succession, which traces back to the original apostles and through them to the messiah himself.
Though we share a common Catholic theology and liturgical traditions, we differ significantly in many of the disciplines and rules that govern the Church, especially in the rejection of extraneous dogmas (traditions of man) for the acceptance of the original teachings and mysteries given us by the messiah.
Because we are of the catholic tradition we can trace our roots to concentration of the original apostles by Jesus , through the Old Catholic movement, which began in 1870 as a response to the first Vatican Council's pronouncement of Papal Infallibility and the primacy of papal jurisdiction. A number of Roman Catholic Bishops in good standing with the Mother Church, objecting to the findings of the first Vatican Council of 1869-1870, separated themselves from the administration of Rome . Over the course of time the distance between the two great catholic rites has both grown more distance in some areas and closer in others. Yet we are all branches of one great tree of Catholicism and as Pope Francis has declared:
"It has been possible to build new bridges of a more profound mutual understanding and practical co-operation. Convergences and consensus have been found, and differences have been better identified and set in new contexts.... In this we can support and encourage one another, especially at the level of parishes and local communities. In fact, the soul of ecumenism lies in a “change of heart and holiness of life, along with public and private prayer for the unity of Christians” POPE FRANCIS
As such, while not being of the Roman/Latin Rite, all our abbot, priests, deacons in others holding holy orders, have valid apostolic succession, as defined by Roman Cannon Law and Papal Bull as well as the Cannons of the See of Utrecht. In 1145 Pope Eugene III granted the Cathedral Chapter of Utrecht the perpetual right to elect their own bishops. In 1215 the Fourth Lateran Council (Canons 23 and 24) confirmed this privilege. In 1520, Pope Leo X decreed in his papal bull [Debitum Pastoralis] that the Bishop of Utrecht, his successors, his clergy, and his laity should never be tried by an external tribunal of canon law. If any such proceedings did take place they were null and void.
We recognize that each baptized and initiated person is an equal member of the faith. Therefore, all people play an important and prominent role in the governance of the Church. We must must respect, as well as actively seek to discern, how the Holy Spirit is motivating the faithful to act. In Catholic tradition this is called ascertaining the the sense of the faithful.
Unlike many other churches, we accept and respect the feminine nature of the creator and creation. We believe that the ancient texts and scriptures clearly identify the existence and importance of the feminine and we believe that these feminine aspects are present in today's world, reflected in the image of our mothers, sisters, and daughters.
The goal of the abbey is to create and maintain a healthy and wholesome physical and virtual family of church sisters, and brothers, as well as, community members and initiates. To this we support the advancement of the arts and sciences, anthropology and history, philosophies and theologies, and healthy practices of good nutrition, physical and psychological well being. In this sense we are holistic and believe each of us has a place in learning and practicing the various holistic arts and methods.
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