An initiative of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion to be coordinated
with Roman Catholic reform groups
A Declaration of the Faithful:
What We Catholic Parents Teach & What We Learn From Our Families
In this Declaration we make clear and affirm the necessity of the co-equal role of the faithful in forming Catholic Church teachings. We note that the second session of the Vatican Synod on the Family will convene in October 2015 and that contributions have been asked from all levels of the Church: bishops, priests, and all the faithful who identify with the Catholic faith tradition and who are looking to bring reconciliation to the entire Church. In this contribution we draw on scripture, tradition, and, in particular, the lived experience of the faithful; we believe when the inputs below are fully deliberated, reconciliation can follow on the disputed issues.
Letter to the Editor of the National Catholic Reporter,
From the Coadjutor Bishops of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion
+ Peter Hickman, Presiding Bishop of the ECC
+ Francis Krebs, Coadjutor Presiding Bishop of the ECC
And from the members of the ECC's Strategic Initiatives Committee
As Catholics whose fore-bearers [the "Old Catholics"] withdrew from the jurisdiction of the papacy in 1870 over the issues of conscience and infallibility, we have an unbroken line of apostolic succession and believe our Declaration of the Faithful &[attachment 2] can make a strong contribution to the discussions of the Synod on the Family this coming October. If adopted by the synod, the recommendations of the Declaration can help Church leaders reconcile on the moral issues that currently divide Catholics.
We formed the ECC in 2003 and have established over 30 ecumenical Catholic communities here in the U.S. and in Western Europe [see our website: www.ecumenical-catholic-communion.org]. We are also in conversation with other independent Catholic groups - some of whom will unite with us.
Here is a link to Bishop Francis Commissioning Ceremony:
Eden to Host Commissioning Ceremony for the Reverend Frank Krebs Eden to Host
The ECC elects next Presiding Bishop
The Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC) elected Rev. Frank Krebs as its next Presiding Bishop on October 8, 2014 at its Synod in Aurora, CO. The election required a two-thirds vote of the delegates of the House of Laity and the House of Pastors. He was elected on the first ballot. He was then consecrated a bishop on Friday, October 10, 2014 during the Communion Synod. He will serve as Co-Adjutor until September, 2015, when our current Presiding Bishop, Peter Hickman, completes his term. At that point Bishop Francis will be installed as Presiding Bishop.
Bishop Francis currently serves as pastor of Sts. Clare & Francis community in St. Louis, and has previously served the Communion as Vicar of the Midwest Region and President of the House of Pastors.