An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Bonn Agreement

This agreement grew out of a meeting of representatives of the Old Catholic churches of Holland, Germany, and Switzerland, and of the Church of England, at Bonn, Germany, July 2, 1931. The Bonn Agreement states that 1) Each Communion recognizes the catholicity of the other and maintains its own; 2) Each Communion agrees to admit members of the other Communion to participate in the Sacrament; 3) Intercommunion does not require from either Communion the acceptance of all doctrinal opinion, sacramental devotion, or liturgical practice characteristic of the other but implies that each believes the other to hold all the essentials of the Christian faith. The 1934 General Convention accepted and ratified the terms of intercommunion agreed to by the Joint Commission of Old Catholics and Anglicans at Bonn, and also agreed to establishment of intercommunion between the Episcopal Church and the Old Catholics of the Utrecht Convention under the terms of the Bonn Agreement.

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