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GENERAL INFORMATION - STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

 
WHAT IS THE TRIDENTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH?

The Tridentine Catholic Church is a part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church founded by Our Lord, Jesus Christ two thousand years ago. We are completely independent in jurisdiction. Our purpose is to proclaim the Gospel of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. We do not believe that the “new “ sacraments of the Vatican II Church are not valid because their forms have been completely changed so as to destroy the true meaning which Our Lord gave to them. We are here to preserve the Latin Tridentine Mass and other Latin usages. The only exceptions to the above are the Sacraments of Baptism, Confession, and the Sacrament of Marriage. The reasons are that the forms of these sacraments have not been altered. Also, as a further explanation, the Sacrament of Baptism can be administered by anyone, even a layman. The Sacrament of Confession must be administered by a previously validly ordained priest. Also, in the Sacrament of Marriage the couple marry themselves. The priest is only a witness.

HOW IS THE NAME TRIDENTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH EXPLAINED?

The name Tridentine Catholic Church is explained as follows:

    1) TRIDENTINE: The Council of Trent (1545 - 1563) was the Catholic Church's response to the Protestant Reformation or Revolt, and triggered a "Counter    Reformation." Trent is our response to those Catholics who deny Catholic doctrine today. It is our standard of orthodoxy. It is also considered by us to be the embodiment of all that is known as "Tradition" in the Catholic sense of that word.

    2) CATHOLIC: Because we proclaim the exact same Gospel given to us by Christ Himself through the Apostles "who constituted the Church as the sanctuary where His Name would always be praised and glorified." The Catholic Church is a divinely founded organization, sanctified by the Seven Sacraments instituted by Christ and governed by the Bishops of the Catholic Church, whose office originated in the Apostles, in short, it is the Mystical Body of Christ. It is this Catholic Faith which is universal in its scope and message, embracing all peoples of every race and nation, hence CATHOLIC. The Catholic Faith and the exercise of that faith is the very reason for our existence.

    3) CHURCH: Because it is a divinely founded organization, sanctified by the Seven Sacraments instituted by Christ, and governed by the Bishops of the Catholic Church. We feel called by God to bring the Catholic faith to His people, to preserve the Faith and the expression of that faith: the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass .
 

HOW THE TRIDENTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH WAS ESTABLISHED

        It was established by decree of the late Archbishop Thomas Cz. Fehervary * in 1974. He wished to bring the traditional Catholic Faith to the people of America by bringing them the Tridentine Latin liturgy, traditional moral values, etc. He had already begun dialogue with the Vatican at the time of Father Curreri's ordination to the priesthood, (Oct. 26, 1974) but, because of certain liberal tendencies in the Roman Catholic Church at the time, this dialogue was not pursued. A Synod was called in Canada where it was decided to call the American branch of his jurisdiction "The Tridentine Catholic Church" because it best symbolized what we stand for. This title was held by us until January 24, 1990 when we were incorporated anew in the State of New York under the new title of "The Traditional Catholic Archdiocese in America." However since then it was agreed upon that we should return to our original name. It is now customary to combine the two incorporated names, therefore we now call ourselves the Tridentine Catholic Church - Traditional Catholic Archdiocese in America.

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Archbishop Thomas Fehervary was a Hungarian immigrant who was exiled from Hungary for his Catholic faith by the Communists in the revolution of the 1960's. He was forced to leave his Church, his family and his home and was permitted to flee to France. He eventually migrated to Montreal, Quebec, Canada with the help of friends in 1965. Once in Canada he established the Traditional Christian Catholic Church which he headed until his death on January 7, 1984. He was consecrated a Bishop at the hands of Archbishop James Prochniewski on November 11, 1945 in Poland as regionary Bishop for Hungary. In a letter dated June 6, 1998 the Information Centre on New Religions confirmed the validity of the Holy Orders of Archbishop Thomas Fehervary.

A brief history of Archbishop Fehervary’s life.

        Archbishop Thomas Fehervary was born on 27 November 1917 in Arad, Transylvania (once a part of the Austria- Hungarian Empire; now incorporated into the Romanian Republic). His forefathers were viceroys for Prague and Europe.
        He received his baccalaureate from THE GYMNASIUM in Budapest, Hungary. He then went to Poland to study for the priesthood in Plock, under Archbishop James M.R. PROCHNIEWSKI (former professor of Lublin Theological and Philosophical College). Graduated "Summa Cum Laude" from the PLOCK COLLEGE. He was Ordained to the priesthood by Bishop James on 19 January, 1939 for Hungary. He was then appointed Dean of the Pro-cathedral Church of St. Augustine in Budapest and became President of the College in 1942.
        He served in the military during World War II from 1942 until 1945 and returned with various military medals for bravery, attempting to help his fellow soldiers.
        Elected as Bishop on the 10th of September 1945 in Budapest, the Government of Hungary assented to his episcopal election, and on November 11th, 1945, he was consecrated by Archbishop James Prochniewski and two Coadjutor Bishops from Poland. Since Hungary's Christian Catholic Church had been recognized by Emperor Francis- Joseph in 1878, the new bishop was accorded the same treatment and honors by the Parliament and government of Hungary as were granted to the Roman Catholic Bishops.
        In 1949 the Communist Party took power in Hungary. Because Bishop Thomas was apolitical and indifferent to Marxist ideology he was deposed and the church disbanded by the party. In 1951, he was forced to go to work as a laborer in an iron foundry owned by the government.
        From 1949 until 1956, he fought with his priests for the legal restoration of their church and their ecclesiastical and well as human rights. Finally, under the new government of Mr. Imre Hegedus, the Hungarian Christian Catholic Church. and its bishop were restored to their lawful position on 17 October 1956 - just one week before the Hungarian Revolution.
        Bishop Thomas welcomed the political change under Premier Nagy and on November 1, 1956, he signed the 16 point demands of the Hungarian people. But the Hungarian Revolution failed. Premier Nagy sought political asylum in the Yugoslavian Embassy and left compromising documents behind in the parliament. These documents containing the name of Bishop Thomas and other clergy fell into the hands of the newly formed Communist Government which began a clean- up operation. Bishop Thomas was included, as well as his mother. Even through arrest and imprisonment he continued his fight for his Church and the faithful.
        On August 4th, 1964, he escaped from Hungary and went to Vienna , Austria, seeking political asylum. From there he went to France and then to Canada. He arrived in Montreal on July 21st, 1965.
        He died in Montreal in 1984. His burial Mass was held at Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church, on Laurier Street. The Rt. Rev. Andrzej Cwiklinski, whom he had consecrated in 1962, was priest in charge.

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