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Nordic Catholic Church

The Nordic Catholic Church (Norwegian: den nordisk-katolske kirke) is a church body in Norway of High Church Lutheran origin, under the auspices of the Polish National Catholic Church and the Union of Scranton.

The Nordic Catholic Church was founded in 1999 by a group of Catholic-minded people belonging to the “orthodox opposition” in the Lutheran state Church of Norway when they left the state church due to, for example, the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate. During the process both the Anglican Forward in Faith organisation and the Free Synod of the Church of Sweden were kept fully informed. In Sweden it was paralleled by the foundation of the Mission Province of the Church of Sweden.

The "Statement of Faith" of the Nordic Catholic Church states that it adheres to its Lutheran heritage to the extent that it has embraced and transmitted the Orthodox and Catholic faith of the undivided church, therefore also embracing the Catholic faith as taught by the Polish National Catholic Church.

The bishop of the Nordic Catholic Church in Scandinavia is Roald Nikolai Flemestad.

The Nordic Catholic Church has presently five parishes in Norway and a developing community in Stockholm, Sweden. The activities outside Scandinavia take place in co-operation with the PNCC within the framework of the Union of Scranton.

External links

  • Nordic Catholic Church official website, (English)
  • Scandinavian Lutherans form "Continuing" church
  • Out on a Limb in Norway by William J. Tighe (Touchstone July/August, 2002)
  • Report from Norway by Fr Roald Flemestad - The National Assembly of Forward in Faith UK on 6 and 7 October 2006
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