Msgr. Rene Vilatte is a fascinating personage who influenced many individuals and groups in the Independent (Old) Catholic and Community Church movements. He remains a reference for many Christians that have broken free from the restrictive denominations and their policies.
In this book, Bishop Theriault recalls the different phases of Bishop Vilatte’s ministry in Canada, the United States, and Europe. He puts in evidence, while leaning on historical documents, the determining role that he played in the development of a new concept of the purpose of organized religion, a new idea of Christianity, the Church, and its mission. Intermixed in the course of events appear collaborative forces from which he benefited, and also the numerous difficulties arising from powers opposed to his ministry—frightening difficulties, capable of shaking the strongest soul, which he surmounted because of his faith, in pursuit of the goal inscribed upon his episcopal coat of arms: To God alone honor and glory.