Catholic Apostolic Church

The Catholic Apostolic Church, also known as the Irvingian Church, is a Christian religious tradition which originated in Scotland around 1831 and later spread to Germany and the United States.[1] The tradition to which the Catholic Apostolic Church belongs is referred to as Irvingism or the Irvingian movement, in honour of Edward Irving (1792–1834), who taught that "God could work miracles in His Church as easily now as two thousand years ago".[2] The church was organised in 1835 with the fourfold ministry of "apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastors".[3]

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As a result of schism within the Catholic Apostolic Church, other Irvingian Christian denominations emerged, including the Old Apostolic Church, New Apostolic Church, Reformed Old Apostolic Church and United Apostolic Church; of these, the New Apostolic Church is the largest Irvingian Christian denomination today, with 16 million members.[4][5]

Irvingianism teaches three sacraments: Baptism, Holy Communion and Holy Sealing.[6][7]


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