What we believe and teach is based on Sacred Scripture and the belief definitions of the seven Ecumenical Councils of the Catholic Faith that were held before the Great Schism of 1054.
As part of the independent catholic movement in America, the churches and other ministries of the Ecumenical Catholic Church+USA are in the Old Catholic Church tradition. The First Vatican Council in 1870 adopted the doctrine of Papal Infallibility. The Catholic Churches that did not accept Papal Infallibility and broke away from the Roman Catholic Church at that time are called Old Catholic Churches. Old Catholics, then, are an historic part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We trace the Apostolic Succession of our clergy through several lines including the Old Catholic Church.
Although they share many of the same liturgical and sacramental traditions, the churches of our affiliation (the Ecumenical Catholic Church+USA) are not part of, nor associated with, the Roman Catholic Church. We are an Old Catholic Church in name, spirit, and polity (governance structure).
For additional information about the Ecumenical Catholic Church+USA and its mission,
please visit our National Church website: www.ecc-usa.org.