History of the Church

How it all began

The Liberal Catholic Church came into existence as a result of a complete re-organisation of the British Province of the Old Catholic Church, See of Utrecht, by its then Presiding Bishop, Bishop James Ingall Wedgwood and his associates in 1916. The Old Catholic movement was a result of the refusal by several Church communities in Europe to accept the authoritarian decrees of the Vatican Council of 1870, including the doctrine of Papal Infallibility. Independent Dutch Catholics, in conflict with Rome, who refused them Bishops, were helped by Bishop Dominique Marie Varlet who had left Paris to take up a new post in Babylon. On his way through Holland he confirmed 604 Catholics before moving on. Deposed by Rome for this act of insubordination he returned to Holland and consecrated several Bishops, thereby establishing what is called the Old Catholic Church of Holland.

A Mission for Ghana

On the morning of Saturday, July 8th, in the Oratory of Our Lady at Toronto, we ordained to the Priesthood Isaac Kodzo Zaney, a citizen of Ghana, a country long associated with the British Commonwealth and one of the most recent to acquire full self – government within that far – flung family of nations. We were assisted in the sanctuary by the Revs. Hugh Jackson and Leslie Dadswell of Toronto.

“The Rev. Mr. Zaney has been in Toronto for the past year taking his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Pedagogy. He will return to Ghana this Fall to join the faculty of the Government Teachers College at Peki. As the first Liberal Catholic priest to be domiciled in Ghana he has before him a virgin field of service in which we, and, I am sure, all readers of Ubique will wish him well.
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