On Sunday, October 15, 1724, Cornelius van Steenoven was consecrated without a papal mandate by Dominique Marie Varlet in Amsterdam. Although the pope was duly notified of all proceedings, the Holy See still regarded these dioceses as vacant. Therefore, the pope continued to appoint apostolic vicars for the Netherlands.
In 1874 the Old Catholic Church abolished compulsory celibacy.
Although it had continued to use the Roman Rite, from the middle of the 18th century the Dutch Old Catholic See of Utrecht had increasingly used the vernacular instead of Latin. The churches which broke from the Holy See in 1870 and subsequently entered union with the Old Catholic See of Utrecht gradually introduced the vernacular into the Liturgy until it completely replaced Latin in 1877.
Today, OCAC is a truly worldwide church, with work and outreach on every continent, and a clergy of hard-working genuine Christians who are serving Christ in what they do. There are prayer communities, religious orders and societies alongside Sacramental Worship and evangelism. Each of our clergy must have an active expression of ministry, and so we have chaplains, missionaries, street pastors, serving the homeless and programs to help the needy.