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Christian Catholic Church of Switzerland

Christian Catholic Church of Switzerland
Classification Catholic
Theology Ultrajectine
Governance Episcopal
Leader Harald Rein
Associations International Old Catholic Bishops' Conference
Region Switzerland
Headquarters Bern
Branched from Roman Catholic Church
Congregations 33
Members 13,312[1]
Ministers 44
Christian Catholic bishop's church, Ss Peter and Paul in Bern
Church with Bernese Alps in the background

The Christian Catholic Church of Switzerland is the Swiss member church of the Union of Utrecht of Old Catholic Churches. The Union of Utrecht was originally founded by some Jansenists with a later influx of discontented Roman Catholics following their disappointment with the First Vatican Council (1869-1870). The church is a national Swiss church and recognised (as are the Evangelical Reformed and the Roman Catholic churches) in 11 cantons by the government. Since 1874, the University of Bern has had its own Christian Catholic theological faculty, which is now one part (as the Christian Catholic section) of the Faculty of Theology. The strongest concentration of Christian Catholics lies in the cantons of Solothurn, Aargau, Zurich and Geneva.

In 2009, Bishop Harald Rein was elected to be head of the church. Prior to this, he served as a parish priest and as vicar general of the church. On September 12, 2009, he was consecrated in Zurich by Archbishop Joris Vercammen of Utrecht.[2]


  1. ^ Bundesamt für Statistik: Religionslandschaft in der Schweiz.
  2. ^ Bischof Harald Rein
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