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A Liberal Catholic Adept?

Feb 21, 2006 01:34 PM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline


A Liberal Catholic Adept?


Dear Friends,

Pedro Oliveira has brought to our attention the fact that James Wedgwood was the main founder of the Liberal Catholic Church, and C. W. Leadbeater was only second in importance.

But who was the “main founder”, Mr. James Ingall Wedgwood? More than seven decades later, there is no reason for secrecy about that -- and the facts are already public for a number of years. Two quick glances at his life may be enough -- for the moment.


Ms. Mary Lutyens, the best-known of Krishnamurti biographers and his lifelong intimate friend, will be hardly doubted by Adyar people as a historical source.

She writes in the chapter seven of her book “The Life and Death of Krishnamurti” that in the night of August 7th, 1925, George Arundale made a humble, but ground-breaking announcement: J. Krishnamurti, Rajagopal, himself and James Wedgwood had achieved the fourth great initiation the previous night. They were now all “Arhats”.

Only two days after that, as Mary Lutyens explains, Arundale proudly announced the names of those
who would be the “12 apostles” of the “Lord Christ”, who was now arriving as a Messiah through his “vehicle” Jiddu Krishnamurti. Arundale was extremely close these days to James Wedgwood, the founder of the Church which was clairvoyantly destined to be the priestly and ritualistic instrument of the new Christ.

A few days later, the moment of utmost glory finally took place. It happened in the morning of August 15, 1925.

Annie Besant, the president of the Adyar Society, called for Esther Bright, Lady Emily (Mary Lutyen’s mother), Rukmini Arundale (George Arundale’s wife) and Shiva Rao to make an announcement. Soon they all were in her room. Looking slightly embarassed, Mrs. Besant told them that she herself, besides Leadbeater, Krishnamurti, Rajagopal, Arundale, Oscar Kollerstrom and James Wedgwood, had all had access to the fifth and final great initiation and were now -- ADEPTS. Humbly enough, Besant said that there should be no difference in the way the new Adepts would be treated by the rest of the people and by poor non-initiates in general.

James Wedgwood was very much active providing George Arundale with the insights for such marvellous initiatic occurrences. Coincidence or not, both James and George were now Adepts: a great blessing to the Liberal Catholics, indeed. But Krishnamurti started to distance himself from those miraculous events.


Another moment in the life of Mr. James Wedgwood was not so happy or glorious, and it occupied the entire two last decades of his life. In 1931, just a few years after finally obtaining “Adepthood”, the founder of the L.C.C. “became mentally deranged”, to use Mary Lutyens’ own words. Mary writes in the Postscript of her book “Krishnamurti -- The Years of Awakening”(p. 285):

“(...) As for Wedgwood, he became mentally deranged in 1931 and lived thereafter at the Theosophical Estate, Teckels Park, Camberley, Surrey. He was quite lucid at times but had to be restrained from going out since his madness took the form of taking off his clothes in public. He died in 1951.”

Compared to this, the other founder of the Liberal Catholic Church, the one who used to travel to Mars and Mercury and who had regular conversations with the Lord Christ, was much less eccentric indeed.

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Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline.

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