Concordat of Interkommunion
We, Primus Ronald W. Shelton of The Apostolic Celtic Church
and the Celtic Church in Germany, in German: keltische Kirche in Deutschland (CCIG/KKD), represented through ++Karl Uwe Eckert, OOC, Archbishop of the keltische Kirche in Deutschland,
do hereby enter into a Concordat of Intercommunion between our two faith communities, each a part of the Mystical Body of Christ. We share a common Faith in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church founded by Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and a common sacramental system consistent with traditional Catholic belief, recognizing particularly the preeminence of the Eucharistic Liturgy (Mass) as the core and center of Catholic life.We accept the validity of each other’s Apostolic Succession and Sacramental Orders, and we recognize at the same time the diversity of our separate jurisdictional disciplines and devotional practices.
Therefore we do hereby sanction. approve and encourage joint participation of our church memberships at the Eucharistic table, and we foster and encourage joint celebration of the Eucharist by those in Holy Orders, preserving the discretion of the local authority.
Further, we hereby affirm that each Church will work with the other in a Christ-centered relationship, characterized by mutual love, collaboration in ministry, prudence and the observance of the highest ethical and moral standards. And we affirm that each Church will honor unity with diversity and the primacy of conscience, always based on respectful and prayerful dialogue.This concordat enclosed the ÖRKK (ECCC) Ecumenic Council of Celtic Churches in Germany also and it is in full harmony with their constitutions.
Given this Hamm 24th day of July in the Year of Our Lord Twenty Twelve,
++Karl Uwe Eckert, OOC, Archbishop of the keltische Kirche in Deutschland and ECCC
+Ronald W. Shelton Primus of The Apostolic Celtic Church