The Liberal Catholic church and the Adyar Theosophical Society
Feb 15, 2008 06:07 PM
For those may be unaware the Liberal Catholic
church was founded in 1916 by Bishop James
Wedgwood who thereby became its first Presiding
Bishop or international head. Bishop C W
Leadbeater became its second Presiding Bishop.
It is an alternative Christian church in some
respects although its mindset is perhaps summed
up by the following Christmas message on one of
"MOST dear and holy Lord, we praise Thee, we
bless Thee, with all our hearts do we thank
and glorify Thee for this Thy wondrous Feast
of Christmas, praying Thee that as Thou wast
born on earth as at this time for us, so mayest
Thou be born and reign forevermore within the
hearts of men, who with the Father and the Holy
Spirit art one God throughout all ages of ages.
It is a religious organisation based in hierarchy
where a privileged few men are considered worthy
to receive God's grace and blessing through the
eucharist ceremony and to thereby disperse this
In this ceremony, God's grace and
blessing can only be given by men.
The following passage from Bishop Leadbeater
alludes to the process:
"With the words "Deo Gratias," a great wave of
thankfulness goes up to the Angels, who, as a
parting gift, send back a fine stream in response.
This is caught by the celebrant and poured out
during the final benediction, along with the
power and material of which the whole Eucharistic
Edifice was constructed, which... dissolves into
great streams of rushing force... spreading
benediction wherever they go." -Rt. Rev. CW
Leadbeater, Late Presiding Bishop of The Liberal
Catholic Church, The Science of the Sacraments.
In answer to Pablo's question, "On what grounds
do you say that "It was Besant who (with
Leadbeater's input) turned Theosophy into a
religious organization through the LCC"?
Morten has amply demonstrated that the second
International President of the Adyar Theosophical
Society, Dr Besant fully supported and approved
the establishment and continuance of this church .
This support continues to this day in most
theosophical branches of the Adyar Society
with the church's members' influence often being
obvious and apparent.
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