Re: Theos-World Hunt Williamson
Sep 09, 2004 06:29 PM
I'm glad my Hunt Williamson material was of interest. Why am I interested
in him? Several reasons.
My work on the history of the Liberal Catholic Church (deriving from my
work on Leadbeater - I hope to find time to finish an almost completed
substantial history of the LCC 1915-1920 for publication eventually) led
me to an interest in Theosophists (outside the LCC) who became involved
in small independent (and usually allegedly Catholic and/or Orthodox)
churches and were ordained priests or bishops. There are numerous such
people, particularly in the USA, from the 1940's onwards. Some of them
sought to establish what they claimed to be "Gnostic" churches (e.g.
Richard de Palatine, real name: Ronald Powell). There was something of a
"flood" of small Theosophical churches in the US at one time. Obviously,
one question is: why would Theosophists want to be bishops?
This led to an interest in what are known as "episcopi vagantes" (=
literally, "wandering bishops"), men who claimed to be bishops, but
outside any mainstream church.
One of the most significant of these was George de Willmott Newman (known
as "Mar Georgius") in England, from whom whole streams of "wandering
bishops" derive, directly or indirectly (as in Williamson). I was asked
by Newman's Literary Executors to undertake work for a biography of him,
and accumulated a vast amount of material on him (even more than I
collected on Leadbeater), but have only been working on the biography
slowly and sproadically because of demands of other work. Williamson is
one of the bishops in the "Mar Georgius line" and was, for a time, a part
of Mar Gorgius' international church (under the d'Obrenovic name).
Thanks for your comments.
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