Episcopal-Polish National Catholic Intercommunion (book announcement)

Intercommunion between the Episcopal Church and the Polish National Catholic Church: An Introduction and Sourcebook
By Richard J. Mammana Jr. (Author, Editor), Warren C. Platt (Introduction)
ISBN 9798402891548, paperback, 140 pages, $15.99. Book and cover design by Dom Benedict Andersen OSB.

The Episcopal Church and the Polish National Catholic Church—an American-based church formed in the early 1900s as an expression of Polish-American self-determination in religious life— participated in a local intercommunion agreement between 1946 and 1978. (The Anglican Church of Canada was also a party to this relationship during a slightly different period of time.) This local manifestation of Anglican-Old Catholic full communion, which itself began in the 1931 Bonn Agreement, involved practical sharing of Eucharistic fellowship, exchange in theological education, common responsibility for military and university chaplaincy, and ongoing theological-ecumenical discussions. It was the primary ecumenical relationship for each church during the twentieth century.

The proceedings of the 14 meetings of the intercommunion commissions and committees have until now been available only in typescript in scattered repositories. This first edition of the commissions’ minutes—supplemented by an extensive introduction—offers an unprecedented look at the practical working-out of an ecumenical relationship that ended in unilateral suspension over the question of the ordination of women. It will be useful to scholars of Anglicanism, Old Catholicism, ecumenical relations, ecclesiology, women’s ordination, Polish American studies, and conflict resolution.

Richard J. Mammana, Jr. is Associate for Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations at the Episcopal Church Center in New York. The founder of anglicanhistory.org, he is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a parishioner at Christ Church, New Haven.

The Reverend Dr. Warren C. Platt is a priest of the Diocese of New York, and associate priest at the Church of the Transfiguration, New York. He is a retired reference librarian of the General Research Division of the New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations.

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