" Bishop" Wedgwood -- and Cocaine
Feb 26, 2006 07:57 AM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline
Gregory Tillets adds some significant information on the main founder of the
"Liberal Catholic Church", James Wedgwood -- a helpless cocaine-user,
according to him. See below.
As to the other founder of this ritualistic group, Gregory has a
well-documented biography of C. W. Leadbeater, called "The Elder Brother".
A book with many ugly truths.
Best regards, Carlos.
Subject: Theos-World The "revelations" of 1925
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2006 09:32:43 +1100
Regarding the 1925 “revelations”:
The revelations regarding “occult advancements” and such were given,
essentially, by Arundale, but sometimes by Wedgwood. The announcement of
“Apostles” was given by Arundale, but (partly) publicly disclosed by Besant
(without identifying Arundale as the source). Published accounts of the
“revelations” are found in the writings of Emily and Mary Lutyens. I
further details of them from Rex Henry, Wedgwood’s secretary at the time,
from Mary Lutyens.
Leadbeater did not accept, and indeed privately rejected, the
there are published accounts of his reaction in works by Ernest Wood and
Vreede (who were with him when he received the news). Dick Balfour-Clarke,
was present when Leadbeater received the cable about the “Apostles”, gave
detailed account of his reaction in an interview at Adyar. Leadbeater did
however, publicly repudiate the “revelations” for fear of splitting the TS.
Lutyens’ books confirm that Leadbeater did not accept the “revelations”.
Krishnamurti also rejected the “revelations” and arranged for Professor
of “The World University” to communicate this fact to Besant. It may be
this was the catalyst for her sudden and rapid physical and psychological
Arundale told Krishnamurti (allegedly passing on a message from the
that unless he (K) accepted the “revelations” his brother, Nitya, would
While on ship to India, Krishnamurti received the news of Nitya’s death.
Krishnamurti’s attitude to his supposed role and to the TS clearly changed
dramatically from that time.
As for Wedgwood’s health, physical and psychological: he had acquired an
addiction to cocaine during his time in Paris in the 1920’s and had
syphilis for which he refused treatment, apparently on the grounds that a
person of his exalted occult status could not suffer from such a disease.
claims have been substantiated in interview with Rex Henry, a secretary and
close friend of Wedgwood in the 1920’s and by documents left by E.L.Gardner
(who was responsible for having Wedgwood looked after in his latter years).
Wedgwood declined both physically and psychologically, particularly after
settled at the TS centre at Tekels Park, near Camberley, in 1937. He died
1951 after a fall in which he broke several ribs and ruptured a lung.
Dr Gregory Tillett
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