Our worship is based on the liturgies of the ancient Christian West, especially the oldest surviving forms of the Roman rite.
Our UK administration began its work in 2012.
The Nordic Catholic Church was founded in 1999 in Norway by numerous clergy and laity of the Norwegian (Lutheran) state church, who objected, for theological reasons, to the ordination of women to the presbyterate and episcopate, and had come to embrace the Orthodox Catholic faith of the undivided Church of the first millennium.
At its inception, the Nordic Catholic Church was formed as an extraterritorial diocese of the Polish National Catholic Church of North America, which belonged to the Union of Utrecht of Old Catholic Churches for more than 96 years (from 1907 to 2003) and indeed was its largest member church. While part of the Union of Utrecht, she remained in communion only with those (few but populous) provinces of the Anglican Communion that had not purported to ordain women to the priesthood.
The Polish National Catholic Church and thus also the Nordic Catholic Church did not recognize, for theological reasons, the female priests which several of the other member churches of the Union of Utrecht had unilaterally begun to ordain. Since the revised Statute of the Union of Utrecht did not allow for this situation of impaired communion to continue, the Polish National Catholic Church and the Nordic Catholic Church had to separate from the Union of Utrecht in 2003.
In 2011, the Nordic Catholic Church became autonomous through the election and consecration of a Norwegian bishop, the Most Rev. Dr. Roald Nikolai Flemestad. In the same year, the Polish National Catholic Church and the Nordic Catholic Church joined to found the Union of Scranton as an orthodox alternative to the Union of Utrecht. The Union of Scranton is open to other catholic churches and is in dialogue, for instance, with several jurisdictions of Anglo-Catholic tradition concerning potential membership.
Since 2021 the Scandinavian Diocese of the Nordic Catholic Church is led by Bishop Ottar Mikael Myrseth, whereas Bishop Roald Nikolai Flemestad, after having consecrated his successor for Scandinavia, remains Bishop of the Nordic Catholic Church in Continental Europe and the United Kingdom.
As of 2022, the Nordic Catholic Church has parishes and missions in Norway, Sweden, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain.
Theology, liturgy, and ecumenical recognition
The Churches of the Union of Scranton (viz. Polish National Catholic Church and Nordic Catholic Church) are theologically Orthodox: They profess the faith of the Undivided Church as summarized in the Old Catholic-Orthodox Agreed Statements, The Road to Unity (1975-1987), which constitute their foundational theological document.
Like the Orthodox Churches, both the Polish National Catholic Church and the Nordic Catholic Church have been in limited intercommunion with the Roman Catholic Church since 2006 (in accordance with can. 844 §§ 2-3 CIC). In particular, the validity of the holy orders and all other sacraments of the Polish National Catholic Church and the Nordic Catholic Church have been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church.
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Who we are
DON'T JUST MOAN AND GROAN - WE CAN HELP!
Are you a spiritual orphan feeling your Church has left you by compromising with the spirit of the age? Are you like many Christians who have lost confidence in their leaders and the solutions they offer in these difficult times? If so we welcome you to the Nordic Catholic Church.
We are the English part of the Nordic Catholic Church in Europe. We are unashamedly traditional in our beliefs, because we are rooted in the scriptures and the apostolic faith and order of the first millennium, our life and liturgy reflects our roots in nearly two thousand years of British Christianity. We are crucially looking to the future because we live in an age hostile to our faith, and much of our history too. No wonder the culture is drifting into confusion.
Though we are materially poor, with no buildings and little bureaucracy, yet spiritually we are alive celebrating Mass in rented churches or in private homes. As Old Catholics we are in a privileged position as our orders are recognized by the Roman Catholic Church and our doctrine by Constantinople and other patriarchates. Moreover, our liturgical life is very similar to the Anglican tradition.
In the UK we are mainly former members of the Church of England. We are proud of our great heritage, our witness seeks to bring the Gospel to our present predicament and future generations. Interested? You can contact our Vicar General Geoffrey Neal by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Most Rev. Roald Nikolai Flemestad, Bishop of the Nordic Catholic Church.
The Bishop's Seal and Motto
Per timorem Domini et
sancti Spiritus consolationem.
The Bishop's Calendar
Pentecost celebration with ordinations, NCC Germany, Abbey of St. Severin, Kaufbeuren.
Video Conference – Mainz Virtual Discussions at 14:00 CET.
Meetings and Events 2022 – NCC Europe
Church event at the feast of Pentecost with ordinations, NCC Germany, Abbey of St. Severin, Kaufbeuren.
Church event, NCC Scandinavia, Oslo.
International theological Conference, Gran.
Annual Automn Conference, NCC Scandinavia, at Gran, Norway.