of Pontifical Orthodoxy
Pontifical Orthodox? It refers to Christians of the Eastern Rite,
Oriental Rite, or of other rites with Eastern or Oriental Christian
origins and customs that are in communion with the Supreme Pontiff of
the Imperial Roman Church. It is also of Roman/Latin heritage. In fact,
multiple Old Roman Catholic/Old Catholic jurisdictions incorporate the
concept of Orthodoxy, even including it in their jurisdictional name.
Pontifical Orthodoxy is pan-Roman, spanning the original Roman Empire
from west to east and extending throughout all of the Christian world.
It is at once western and eastern, incorporating the rich and diverse
heritage of the Christian faith and dedicated to the desire of our Lord
Ut unum sint
- That all may be one.
1. Pontifical Orthodoxy is the unified continuation of the Holy,
Orthodox, Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman Church, the only church
founded by Jesus Christ. We say in the mass, the Holy, Orthodox,
Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
2. Pontifical Orthodoxy maintains the principle of global Christian
unity that existed before the Great Schism between East and West. It
accomplishes this in part through maintaining diverse apostolic lineage
and authority that incorporates and unifies Roman Catholic, Eastern
Orthodox, and Oriental Orthodox.
3. Pontifical Orthodoxy is, therefore, both Catholic and Orthodox.
Because of the combination of its diverse Apostolic lineage and
authority, combined with its Roman pontifical authority within the
Imperial Roman Church, its membership is simultaneously Catholic and
4. Pontifical Orthodoxy, due to its unifying heritage, is not of a
particular rite, but instead embraces all traditional and doctrinally
sound Christian rites.
5. Pontifical Orthodoxy is inextricably linked with Old Roman
Catholicism of the See of Utrecht, which maintained and preserved
intact pure Roman Apostolic lineage.
6. Pontifical Orthodoxy is inextricably linked with the history of the
Roman Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, for the Imperial Roman Church
is the ecclesiastical heir to the Roman Empire and several other
7. Pontifical Orthodoxy maintains the faith delivered to the Apostles
and incorporates the doctrinal and dogmatic precepts of the collective
wisdom and teaching authority of the Church. It accepts that rightful
Apostolic authorities within the universal Church have debated and
disputed various doctrinal points in history and continue to do so. Our
Lord appointed the apostles and their successors to lead the Church,
and it is their sacred duty to serve as guardians of the doctrine and
traditions of the faith. It is natural within human nature that the
comprehension of the vastness of the mysteries of the Christian Faith
require diligence in their interpretation and application. Thus
Pontifical Orthodoxy by its very unifying essence does not seek to
condemn those of proper Apostolic authority who may have differing
opinions from others of proper Apostolic authority. Rather, a principle
of cooperation is promoted, with the belief that all shall be
reconciled in God's time.
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