What Do Old Catholics Believe (Part 2)

We believe baptism washes away original sin.

We believe in the resurrection of the dead.

We believe in the three historic creeds: Nicene, Apostles, and Athanasian.

We believe that the Catholic faith was established by Ecumenical Councils guided by the Holy Spirit.

We believe that there were seven Ecumenical Councils of the whole church:

The Council of Nicea (325),
The Council of Constantinople (381),
The Council of Ephasis (431),
The Council of Chalcedon (451),
The Second Council of Constantinople (453),
The Third Council of Constantinople (680-681),
The Second Council of Nicea (787).
We believe that all other “Councils” after 1054 were not Ecumenical Councils, since the whole church did not meet together, but that they were Synods of a part of the whole church; therefore, their decisions are not binding on the whole church.

We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.

We believe that the apocryphal or deutero-canonical books of the Old Testament are not of the same canonicity as the books contained in the Hebrew Canon–they are good for personal edification and spiritual growth, but not for doctrine.

We believe that the Bible in the original languages are superior to any one translation.

We believe that the Bible should be read in the common language that is understood by the people (English in England, French in France, German in Germany, etc.).

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