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CATHOLIC CHURCH OF ENGLAND & WALES

The Catholic Church of England & Wales was founded in 1993 by its first Archbishop in England.

Pure Roman Catholic Apostolic succession was brought to the church by Most Reverend James Atkinson-Wake who was consecrated as the first Archbishop in pure Roman Catholic Apostolic Succession in a unbroken line from St Peter to the present day and date.

The Apostolic Succession is that of Most Reverend Dom. Carlos Duarte Costa who was consecrated in Brazil in 1924 by Principal Consecrator Roman Catholic Cardinal Sebastiao Leme da Silveira Cintra.  1st Co consecrators were H.E. Bishop Alberto Jose Concalves & 2nd Co-consecrator H.E. Bishop Benedito Alves de Souza

Archbishop Carlos Duarte Costa along with Co consecrator Most Reverend Dom. Salameo Ferraz &  2nd Co consecrator, the Most Reverend Dom Antidio Jose Vargas Diocesan Bishop of Lages, consecrated in 1948 Bishop Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez who in turn consecrated Bishop James Atkinson-Wake with 2 fellow co-consecrators.

In 2006, BishopjJames Atkinson-Wake was elevated by Patriarch Bull to the position as Archbishop Primaz.


The Catholic Church OF England & Wales is a Tridentine Catholic Church that uses the pre-Vatican II Rites & Rubrics for all services, ordination of deacons, priests and Episcopal consecrations. 

The Catholic Church is represented and present in 18 countries around the world with several religious orders such as Society of Pope Leo XII a Franciscan religious order and the Benedictine Celestine of the Renewal a Benedictine Order founded in 1998 by Rev'd Msgr Anselom Pamintuan PC. OSB in the Philippines. All religious orders are at one and within the Catholic Church of England & Wales.

The Catholic Church OF England and Wales was founded in 1990 and was part of the Brazilian Catholic Church in 2004 up to 2009 but was granted autonomy in 2006 to its Archbishop Primate due to the matter that the Church uses Traditional Roman Rites and Rubrics. 

The Catholic Church holds pure Roman Catholic Vatican One Apostolic Succession from the Roman Catholic Bishop Carlos Duarte Costa by him consecrating  Archbishop Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez who in turn consecrated Archbishop James Atkinson-Wake.  Archbishop James Atkinson-Wake was issued with a Patriarchal Bull and a Apostolic Mandate for him to be consecrated.


 The Catholic Church OF England & Wales continuously adheres to accept the See of Rome as so did the English Church for almost a thousand years from the time of Augustine of Canterbury; but in 1534, during the reign of King Henry VIII, the church, through a series of legislative acts between 1533 and 1536, became independent from the Pope for a period as a national church with Henry declaring himself Supreme Head. Under Henry's son, King Edward VI, the Anglican Church of England became more influenced by the European Reform movement.


However, the Catholic Church OF England & Wales is similar to the Old Catholic Church of Utrecht, it was used from the 1850s, by groups which had separated from the Roman Catholic Church over certain doctrines, primarily concerned with papal authority; some of these groups, especially in the Netherlands, had already existed long before the term. These churches are not in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church not to dissimilar ot the Catholic Church OF England & Wales. Some of their orders are still recognized by the Roman Catholic Church as so are  all of ours. 

An active contributor to the Declaration of the CCEW for organisation was Archbishop Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez  & Archbishop James Atkinson-Wake they summed up the results of their meetings as follows: 


  1. adherence to the ancient Catholic faith. 
  2. maintenance of the rights of Catholics. 
  3. rejection of new Roman Catholic dogmas. 
  4. adherence to the constitutions of the ancient Church with repudiation of every dogma of faith not in harmony with the actual consciousness of the Church. 
  5. reform of the Church with constitutional participation of the laity. 
  6. preparation of the way for reunion of the Christian confessions. 
  7. reform of the training and position of the clergy. 
  8. claim to the real property of the Church .  
    The Catholic Church Of England & Wales values apostolic succession by which they mean both the uninterrupted laying on of hands by bishops through time and the continuation of the whole life of the church community by word and sacrament over the years and ages. The Catholic Church of England & Wales also known as (CCEW) consider apostolic succession to be the handing on of belief in which the whole Church is involved. In this process the ministry has a special responsibility and task, caring for the continuation in time of the mission of Jesus Christ and his Apostles. 

  


QUO PRIMUM.

1962 VERSION.

The Tridentine Mass, the 1962 version of which has been officially declared the (authorized) extraordinary form of the Roman Rite of Mass (Extraordinary Form for short; Latin: forma extraordinaria), is the Roman Rite Mass which appears in typical editions of the Roman Missal published from 1570 to 1962. The most widely used Mass liturgy in the world until the introduction of the Mass of Paul VI in 1969, it is celebrated in ecclesiastical Latin. "Tridentine" is derived from the Latin Tridentinus, "related to the city of Tridentum" (modern-day Trent, Italy), where the Council of Trent was held. In response to a decision of that council, Pope Pius V promulgated the 1570 Roman Missal, making it mandatory throughout the Latin Church, except in places and religious orders with missals from before 1370. Despite being often described as "the (Traditional) Latin Mass", the Mass of Paul VI (the Novus Ordo Missae) that replaced it as the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite has its official text in Latin and is sometimes celebrated in that language. 


In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI issued the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, accompanied by a letter to the world's bishops, authorizing use of the 1962 Tridentine Mass by all Latin Rite Catholic priests in Masses celebrated without the people. These Masses "may — observing all the norms of law — also be attended by faithful who, of their own free will, ask to be admitted". Permission for competent priests to use the Tridentine Mass as parish liturgies may be given by the priest. Pope Benedict XVI stated that the 1962 edition of the Roman Missal is to be considered an "extraordinary form" (forma extraordinaria) of the Roman Rite, of which the 1970 Mass of Paul VI is the ordinary, normal or standard form. Since that is the only authorized extraordinary form, some refer to the 1962 Tridentine Mass as "the extraordinary form" of the Mass. The 1962 Tridentine Mass is sometimes referred to as the "usus antiquior" (older use) or "forma antiquior" (older form),] to differentiate it from the Mass of Paul VI, again in the sense of being the only one of the older forms for which authorization has been granted and the only rite used by this Catholic Church. 

HISTORICAL VARIATIONS.

In the Apostolic Constitution (papal bull) Quo primum, with which he prescribed use of his 1570 edition of the Roman Missal, Pius V decreed: "We order and enjoin that nothing must be added to Our recently published Missal, nothing omitted from it, nor anything whatsoever be changed within it." This of course did not exclude changes by a Pope, and Pope Pius V himself added to the Missal the feast of Our Lady of Victory, to celebrate the victory of Lepanto of 7 October 1571. His immediate successor, Pope Gregory XIII, changed the name of this feast to "The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary" and Pope John XXIII changed it to "Our Lady of the Rosary". Pius V's work in severely reducing the number of feasts in the Roman Calendar (see this comparison) was very soon further undone by his successors. Feasts that he had abolished, such as those of the Presentation of Mary, Saint Anne and Saint Anthony of Padua, were restored even before Clement VIII's 1604 typical edition of the Missal was issued. In the course of the following centuries new feasts were repeatedly added and the ranks of certain feasts were raised or lowered. 


A comparison between Pope Pius V's Tridentine Calendar and the General Roman Calendar of 1954 shows the changes made from 1570 to 1954. Pope Pius XII made a general revision in 1955, and Pope John XXIII made further general revisions in 1960 simplifying the terminology concerning the ranking of liturgical celebrations. While keeping on 8 December what he called the feast of "the Conception of Blessed Mary" (omitting the word "Immaculate"), Pius V suppressed the existing special Mass for the feast, directing that the Mass for the Nativity of Mary (with the word "Nativity" replaced by "Conception") be used instead. Part of that earlier Mass was revived in the Mass that Pope Pius IX ordered to be used on the feast.   

LANGUAGE

In most countries, the language used for celebrating the Tridentine Mass was and is Latin. However, in Dalmatia and parts of Istria in Croatia, the liturgy was celebrated in Church Slavonic, and authorisation for use of this language was extended to some other Slavic regions between 1886 and 1935. 


After the publication of the 1962 edition of the Roman Missal, the 1964 Instruction on implementing the Constitution on Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council laid down that "normally the epistle and gospel from the Mass of the day shall be read in the vernacular". Episcopal conferences were to decide, with the consent of the Holy See, what other parts, if any, of the Mass were to be celebrated in the vernacular. Outside the Roman Catholic Church, the vernacular language was introduced into the celebration of the Tridentine Mass by some Traditional Catholics.    


Occasionally the term "Gregorian Rite" is used when talking about the Tridentine Mass, as is, more frequently, "Tridentine Rite". Pope Benedict XVI declared it inappropriate to speak of the versions of the Roman Missal of before and after 1970 as if they were two rites. Rather, he said, it is a matter of a twofold use of one and the same rite. 

Within the Eastern Byzantine Churches the mass is known as the Divine Liturgy of Saint Gregory the Great. 


Traditionalist Catholics like ourselves, whose best-known characteristic is an attachment to the Tridentine Mass, frequently refer to it as the "Traditional Mass" or the "Traditional Latin Mass". We describe as a "codifying" of the form of the Mass the preparation of Pius V's edition of the Roman Missal, of which he said that the experts to whom he had entrusted the work collated the existing text with ancient manuscripts and writings, restored it to "the original form and rite of the holy Fathers" and further emended it. To distinguish this form of Mass from the Mass of Paul VI, traditionalist Catholics sometimes call it the "Mass of the Ages", and say that it comes down to us "from the Church of the Apostles, and ultimately, indeed, from Him Who is its principal Priest and its spotless Victim".