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Concordat of Intercommunion



We, Taoiseach Thomas J. Faulkenbury, OSJ and the Reformed Celtic Church, and Bishop Joseph A. Grenier, Presiding Bishop of the Celtic Christian Church, do hereby enter into a Concordat of Intercommunion between our two faith communities, each a part of the Mystical Body of Christ.

We share a common Faith in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church founded by Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and a common sacramental system consistent with traditional Catholic belief, recognizing particularly the preeminence of the Eucharistic Liturgy (Mass) as the core and center of Catholic life.

We accept the validity of each otherís Apostolic Succession and Sacramental Orders, and we recognize at the same time the diversity of our separate jurisdictional disciplines and devotional practices.

Therefore we do hereby sanction. approve and encourage joint participation of our church memberships at the Eucharistic table, and we foster and encourage joint celebration of the Eucharist by those in Holy Orders, preserving the discretion of the local authority.

Further, we hereby affirm that each Church will work with the other in a Christ-centered relationship, characterized by mutual love, collaboration in ministry, prudence and the observance of the highest ethical and moral standards.

And we affirm that each Church will honor unity with diversity and the primacy of conscience, always based on respectful and prayerful dialogue.

 

January 7, 2010

+Bishop Joseph Grenier, Presiding Bishop, Celtic Christian Church

+Taoiseach Thomas Faulkenbury, Presiding Bishop, Reformed Celtic Church