In the name of the Holy and Undivided Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
We, the Bishops, Priests, Deacons, Religious, and Lay Members of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, and members of the Brotherhood of Evangelical Catholics, affirm the following so that the faithful witness to apostolic Faith and catholic Order may be continued within the Churches of Anglican heritage.
i. We believe our Lord Jesus Christ has given His Church an Order which claims the loyalty of faithful Christians above and beyond any deviation sanctioned by any humanly-invented institution, whether secular or ecclesiastical.
ii. We accept the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as “containing all things necessary to salvation,” and as being the rule and ultimate standard of faith and morals.
iii. We accept the Apostles’ Creed as the Baptismal Symbol; and the Nicene Creed as the sufficient statement of the Christian faith.
iv. We accept the historic episcopate, locally adapted in the methods of its administration to the varying needs of the nations and peoples called of God into the Unity of His Church.
v. We affirm the Christian ministerial priesthood as male, and that the churches of the Anglican Communion have no authority to change the historic tradition of the male priesthood. We pray that God grants us the strength and ability to uphold the Church’s Order, both materially and spiritually as concerns the ministerial priesthood of His holy Church. Accordingly, we will reject any and all actions that might signify acceptance of a deviation from the Church’s Order regarding the Christian ministerial priesthood.
vi. We recognize the seven Sacraments of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church – Baptism and the Supper of the Lord –ministered with unfailing use of Christ’s words of institution and of the elements ordained by Him, Confirmation, Matrimony, Ordination, Reconciliation of a Penitent, and Unction of the Sick.1
vii. We believe that, in the Sacrament and mystery of the Holy Eucharist, Jesus Christ is truly, really and substantially present in the Body and Blood in the outward and visible sign of Bread and Wine. (cf. 1 Cor. 10:16-17, 11:23-29, John 6:32-71)
viii. We affirm our Lord’s teaching that the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is in its nature the exclusive, permanent and lifelong union of one man and one woman.2
ix. We affirm that God created only two complementary sexes of human beings – male and female. We also affirm that a person’s God-given sex is immutable and therefore, cannot be changed.
x. We believe all Seven Councils are ecumenical and catholic on the basis of the received Tradition of the ancient Undivided Church of East and West.
xi. We affirm that God, and not man, is the creator of human life. Believing that the unjustified taking of life is sinful, we will promote and uphold the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.
xii. In making this Declaration, we accept all the responsibilities which pertain to the common witness of all who participate in this endeavour and we ask God’s blessing upon our labours.
1 We affirm the traditional Anglican belief that Holy Baptism and Holy Communion are the two Sacraments generally necessary for salvation, and the other sacraments are means of grace given by God to strengthen his people and draw them into closer union with Him.
2 We affirm the Catholic Christian teaching on Holy Matrimony within the framework of the Church’s broader teaching on chastity and sex, recognizing that God made sex exclusively for the union of husband and wife, man and woman, in a marriage open to the gift of children.