Statement of Belief
As adopted by the College of Bishops of RCSPLXIII.
I. The RCSPLXIII declares its belief in the ancient Symbol of Faith known as the Nicene Creed. The filioque clause in the Creed will be retained in Liturgies where it has been retained as part of the officially printed Creed in the Liturgy, in those Liturgies where it has been omitted, and then it will not be included in the Creed. This does not imply any theological stance, it is merely to conform with the text that is used in the printed copies of the Liturgy
II. We Believe in One God, The Father, The Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth and all that is seen and unseen; and in one Lord, Jesus Christ the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father; god from God, Light from Light, True god from God, Begotten not made of one in being with the Father, through him all things were made, For us and for our salvation, He came down from heaven and, by the Power of the Holy Spirit, He was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man, For our sake, He was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered, died and was buried. On the third day, He rose again, in fulfilment of the Scriptures, He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father, He shall come again in Glory to judge the living and the dead and His Kingdom there shall be no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, The Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified: He has spoken through the prophets. We believe in One, Holy Catholic, and Apostolic Church, We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins, and we look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the World to Come. RCSPLXIII also accepts the other ancient statements of Faith known as the Apostles’ and Athanasian Creeds as equally valid and useful.
III. RCSPLXIII declares its belief in the Revelation of God and God’s Son, Jesus Christ, found in the Canonical Scriptures (The Bible). This Revelation is inerrant in matters of Faith.
IV. RCSPLXIII declares its belief in the Seven Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Penance (Reconciliation), Eucharist, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick as signs of the Lord Jesus, continuing presence and action in His church and channels of Actual and Sanctifying Grace.
V. RCSPLXIII declares its belief in actual, real, and true presence of the Lord Jesus Christ; Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity; in each and every portion of the Eucharistic Elements of bread and wine; from the moment of their consecration in the Liturgy until the moment of their dissolution. RCSPLXIII does not identify the process by which this miracle transpires, as the Lord Jesus has not seen fit to reveal a mechanism. RCSPLXIII just simply accepts that it is true, on His Word.
VI. RCSPLXIII declares its belief in the normative decrees of the Seven Ecumenical Councils of the undivided Church; the Council of Nicea in 325 AD, Constantinople in 381 AD, Ephesus in 431 AD, Chalcedon 451 AD, Constantinople I in 533 AD, Constantinople III in 680 AD, and ending with Nicea II in 787 AD.
VII. RCSPLXIII declares its belief in the Sacred Traditions of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
VIII. RCSPLXIII , in accordance with Sacred Tradition, declares its belief that the Bishops of the Church are each Successor to the Apostles and hold the teaching authority granted to the Apostles by Jesus Christ. This authority is not vested in any single Bishops regardless of office or position but is equally and jointly held by all bishops.
IX. RCSPLXIII declares its belief that matters of the Faith may be defined for the Church only in the presence of a moral consensus of all Bishops and that, to be considered normative for the church, a teaching proposed by the bishops in a matter of the Faith must also be Received by a moral consensus of the People of God (Sedum Fidei)
X. RCSPLXIII declares its belief that Apostolic Succession, vested in the Bishops, and passed on by them in the Sacrament of Holy Orders, is necessary for the licit and efficacious celebration of the Sacraments.
XI. RCSPLXIII declares its belief that is called by Jesus Christ to preach the Good News of His Life, Death and Resurrection; and to extend his Sacraments to all, who appropriately and reverently seek them.
Statement of Principles
As Adopted by the Provincial Synod of the RCSPLXIII. Who Are We?
The Roman Catholic Society of Pope Leo XIII (RCSPLXIII) is a community of Christians which was in full communion with the Catholic Apostolic Church of Brazil, (ICAB) until late 2007. RCSPLXIII is one of more than 100 Catholic CHURCHES worldwide, but it is the only one which is United in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Scotland with churches in Pakistan, Australia, Central West Africa, Uganda, India and USA.
RCSPLXIII is headed by the Most Illustrious & Most Reverend David Bell former Secretary for Doctrine of the Faith of the World-wide Patriarchate of the Catholic Apostolic Church’s of Brazil and Worldwide known as ICAB / ICAN.
Originally, during the first generations of Christianity, all local churches were independent and there was no central governing organisation. These local communities were ministered to by what we would today call Bishops and Deacons.
The rank of Priest only began to emerge and differentiate from that of bishop later, during the mid-second century, as the church expanded from the cities to the rural areas. Beginning in the second Century, with the spread of Christianity into the rural areas outside the cities, and particular after the devolution of the priest from the Order of Bishop, local Churches began to be grouped together to permit better organisation and supervision of orthodoxy, Parishes began to be led by priests.
Bishops became heads of regions called diocese and bishops of cities, called a Metropolitan, or an Archbishop, supervised but did not rule over or govern the nearby rural diocese.
Diocesan Bishops were completely autonomous in their own diocese, so long as they remained true to the Faith.All were organised under the leadership of some principal Bishop called a Patriarch who headed the most important diocese in the world.
In ancient times the Patriarch’s were the Bishops of Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria, Rome and Constantinople. Each were equal in rank, prestige and authority; although the particular honour was given to the Patriarchs of Rome and Constantinople as there sees were the seats of imperial Roman government. Today the Patriarch of Rome also known as the Patriarch of the West is also called the Pope. The Patriarch of Constantinople, called the Ecumenical Patriarch is the leader of all Eastern Orthodox Churches, a title of honour not of governance, except within his own Greek Orthodox Church. The Eastern Orthodox Churches, perhaps better known as the Greek Orthodox Church, the Russian Orthodox Church etc, continue to follow the model of the Patriarch leader as a “first among equals”.
Today local Bishops and Metropolitans have autonomy and are answerable to their “Synod of Bishops” rather than to the Patriarch in matters of orthodoxy and discipline. Though they employ a liturgy which is very different from that used in the West, They are none the less Catholic, and of ancient and Apostolic origin. As that of RCSPLXIII Primate the Most illustrious and Most Reverend David Bell’s Apostolic Succession and Historic continuity can not be questioned. There are many Catholic Churches, which, today belong to the Orthodox family. Many have a national or ethnic character. All are completely self-governing. Some such as the Russian Orthodox Church have their own Patriarch. Each shares a communion with the other Churches of Orthodoxy. Though formed at different times, all are said to have entered schism, i.e., severed relations with Rome in 1054 in response to claims of un-historical assertions of Papal Authority.
Western Catholic Christianity experienced an authoritarian approach to leadership under the control of the Patriarch / Bishop of Rome, The Pope. Propelled by a vacuum of civil leadership after the fall of the Western Roman Empire and fuelled by medieval political intrigues, the Popes soon asserted greater and greater authority. Through the years, assertions of Papal power and authority have frequently led to conflict and scandal.
The Great Schism of 1054 in which Roman Catholicism split Christianity by breaking ties with Eastern Orthodoxy, the scandalous conduct of the Renaissance Church, the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century, and numerous smaller schisms which have occurred since, can be traced to this authoritarian approach. Western Independent Catholic Churches i.e., those whose roots are through the Roman Catholic Church include the Old Catholic Church, the Catholic Apostolic Church and the Independent Catholic Church, RCSPLXIII to name a few, Each has maintained a Catholic identity, Apostolic Succession and continue Sacramental and liturgical worship, and follow the Traditions of the Historic Church.
What is RCSPLXIII Place?
Like the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches; RCSPLXIII is an autocephalous part of the “ One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church”. Autocephalous literally means, “having its own head” and is best defined as “Self- Governing”.The Church is one because it is one with its founder, Jesus Christ and in His Mystical Body, is one with all believers. The Church is holy because Christ is Holy and sanctifies the Church by his continuing Presence in the Sacraments and His Word, The Church is Catholic both because, as a member of Christ’s Mystical Body, it is Universal; and because it consciously links itself to the Traditions and practices of the Historic Church, The Church is Apostolic because it is linked to the Faith, Teachings and Authority of the Apostles, both Sacramentally and Historically, through the Apostolic Succession of the Bishops and Clergy. RCSPLXIII’s foundations can be traced from Simon Petrus through Chiesa Cattolica in Italia & Igreja Catolica No Brasil, where on the July 6th 1945, as a result of claimed ecclesiastical and civil persecutions, a new community, which still exists today is called Igreja Catolica Apostolica Brasileira (ICAB-the Catholic Apostolic Church of Brazil).
Its first Archbishop, was the late H.E. Archbishop Carlos Duarte-Costa, Who was a former Roman Catholic Diocesan Bishop of the Brazilian City of Botucatu, and later Bishop of Maura, before separating from the Roman Catholic Church by his resignation to the Holy Father in 1937, H.H. Pope Pius XI, he brought Apostolic Succession to the Catholic Apostolic Church. RCSPLXIII itself was founded with the Consecration of the Most Illustrious and Most Reverend. Dr David Bell by the Most Illustrious and Most Reverend Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez, Principal Consecrator; ‘Patriarch of Brazil and Diocesan Bishop of Brasilia assisted by co consecrators Diocesan Bishop Olinto Filho Pinto, Primate and Co adjutor Bishop Josivaldo Pereira de Oliveria then Chancellor of Igreja Catolica Apostolica Brasileira. The Most Illustrious and Most Reverend. David Bell was installed as the first Primate of RCSPLXIII and is assisted by Several Metropolitan Archbishops worldwide and Bishops. RCSPLXIII roots is purely from the Roman Catholic Church Vatican I.
RCSPLXIII is legislated nationally by the Provincial Synod, which meets triennially and is governed by the College of Bishops. The Church is led by the Primate who acts as the Administrative head of the Church. The local Dioceses’ is headed by Diocesan Bishops’ who enjoys legislative and judicial autonomy within and for his own Diocese. Though its roots are Latin American and Roman, RCSPLXIII today is a thoroughly a Latin Rite Church, which seeks to integrate the uniquely cultural experience with the ancient traditions of the Catholic Faith.
What do we believe?
Please read the Published Statements of Belief of RCSPLXIII.
Liturgical Worship, especially the Liturgy of the Holy Eucharist i.e., The Holy Mass, is celebrated in the officially adopted rite within RCSPLXIII.
The Liturgy will be the Tridentine Rite of the Roman Church in Latin or the Vernacular which is only permitted by special dispensation from the Diocesan Bishop. Only use of the Rite of the Roman Council of Trent (Tridentine) in Latin is permitted. If the Diocesan bishop concurs, Other Eastern Rites, are permitted as well with the approval of the local Diocesan Bishop.
RCSPLXIII believes that Christ calls each of us as a free gift of grace to be equal members of His Mystical Body. The Clergy are ordained as leaders and teachers of the Gospel. It is the duty of each person, under the teaching guidance of the church, to inform themselves through prayer and study and arrive at an understanding of the Truth revealed to our world by Jesus Christ and to apply their individual gifts to the building of God’s Kingdom. Nevertheless, Christ committed to his Apostles a ministry of teaching which they, in turn, passed to their successors, the Bishops, It is therefore the Sacramental Charisma of the Bishops of the Church, acting in a moral consensus, to define the beliefs of the church and to regulate Sacraments.To be accepted as defined matters of Faith and inerrant Truth,
RCSPLXIII holds that the Pope of Rome, Bishop of Rome, is the Successor of St Peter and Chief Bishop and first amongst his equals, of the Bishops of the Catholic Churches. And the Patriarch of Brazil is Chief Bishop amongst his equals of the Bishops of the Catholic Apostolic Churches
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