Unfortunately, some individuals who exit the Church do so to start up their own faith communities. Often times these either use a derivative of “Old Roman Catholic” or something similar, and can cause great confusion among the clergy and faithful. The Church appears to be a collection of various separate jurisdictions and entities.
Fortunately, among legitimate Old Roman Catholic groups there is often great cooperation and partnership. This culminated in the 1981 founding of the Council of Old Roman Catholic Bishops as well as in agreements like the Walsingham Declaration. While each entity may maintain differences in practices and their understanding of Old Roman Catholicism, they are committed to working together and promoting the common good.
The legitimate or “canonical” Old Roman Catholic Churches are those that are descended from a recognizable source as well as maintain the tradition of Old Roman Catholicism. The Old Roman Catholic Church in America recognizes the following churches as having a clear descent from the authentic Old Roman Catholic tradition:
Archbishop Arnold Harris Mathew
- The Old Roman Catholic Church in Great Britain (the successor to Archbishop Mathew’s ORCCGB)—Archbishop Lewins
- The Old Roman Catholic Diocese of Florida (the successor to Archbishop Mathew’s title of Archbishop of Caer Glow)—Archbishop Humphreys
Archbishop Carmel Henry Carfora
- The North American Old Roman Catholic Church, Archdiocese of New York—Archbishop Ford
- The North American Old Roman Catholic Church, Archdiocese of California—Archbishop Vellone
- The North American Old Roman Catholic Church, Archdiocese of Illinois—Archbishop Rematt
- The Old Roman Catholic Church, English Rite—Archbishop Kortenhof
- The Old Roman Catholic Church in North America—Archbishop Facione
- The Old Roman Catholic Church, Latin Rite--Archbishop Hamilton-Roberts