"The Old Catholic Church is unique in that it holds to the Catholic faith, is in
union with the Eastern Orthodox Church, represents the Catholic Church in the western
world, but disavows the administrative peculiarities of the Latin (Roman) Church.
"Truth, unlike words, remains unchanging. What was truth in the Apostolic Church
is truth today. All Christians should readily admit that the test of any principle of the
Christian faith is to present it to the mind of the early Christian Church. It is certain
that for the first nine hundred years at least, the Christian world was united in a common
bond of faith. We know that the Church was one, that its faith was Catholic in the sense
best described by St. Vincent of Lerinz, Such teaching is truly Catholic as has been
believed in all places, at all times, and by all the faithful. By this test of
universality, antiquity, and consent, all controversial points in belief must be tried.
"Until the year 1054 AD when the first unhappy division took place, the Church was
as it should be, One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic. What happened after the
division of course appears differently to the mind of every individual and the truth
becomes hard to discern. It is safe to say then, that the only way of proving the truth of
any contemporary interpretation of Christianity, is to submit it to the examination of the
common mind of the Christian Church before its division took place. Was it believed by all
Christians everywhere, at all times before the year 1054 A.D.? -- is the test every
question of faith should meet.
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The Undivided Church
and the Great Schism