Old Catholic parish
church in Gablonz an der Neiße, Austria-Hungary
(now Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic
). Some ethnic German Catholics supported Döllinger in his rejection of the Roman Catholic dogma of papal infallibility.
The Old Catholic Church is a name for a group of Christian churches. Most of them are from German-speaking countries. Their beliefs are close to that of the Anglican Church.
They split from the Roman Catholic Church in the 1870s. This was because the First Vatican Council had said the pope was infallible. The Council was from 1869 to 1870. The word Old Catholic was first used in 1853 for the See of Utrecht (who was not under the authority of the pope). Usually, these churches are part of the Union of Utrecht.