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No part of this document may be duplicated in any form; electronic or otherwise, without the express written permission of Ordo Templi Orientis. Doinel was a librarian, a Grand Orient Freemason, an antiquarian and a practicing Spiritist. In his frequent attempts at communication with spirits, he was confronted with a recurring vision of Divine Femininity under various aspects. He gradually developed the conviction that his destiny involved his participation in the restoration of the feminine aspect of divinity to its proper place in religion.
Stephan was burned later the same year for heresy. Doinel became fascinated by the drama of the Cathars and their heroic and tragic resistance against the forces of the Pope. He began to study their doctrines and those of their predecessors, the Bogomils, the Paulicians, the Manichaeans and the Gnostics. As his studies progressed, he became increasingly convinced that Gnosticism was the true religion behind Freemasonry.
Doinel had long been associated with Lady Caithness, who was a prominent figure in the French Spiritist circles of the time, a disciple of Anna Kingsford, and leader of the French branch of the Theosophical Society. Communications from the spirits were generally received by means of a pendulum suspended by Lady Caithness over a board of letters. The head of the Synod was Guilhabert de Castres, who addressed Doinel and instructed him to reconstitute and teach the gnostic doctrine by founding an Assembly of the Paraclete, to be called the Gnostic Church.
Helene-Ennoia was to assist him, and they were to be spiritually wedded. The assembly was to be composed of Parfaits and Parfaites, and was to take for its holy book the Fourth Gospel, the Gospel of John.
He consecrated a number of bishops, all of whom chose a mystic name, which was prefaced by the Greek letter Tau to represent the Greek Tau Cross or the Egyptian Ankh. The Church consisted of three levels of membership: the high clergy, the low clergy, and the faithful. They were elected by their congregations and later confirmed in office by formal consecration by the patriarch.
The low clergy consisted of pairs of deacons and deaconesses, who acted under the direction of the bishops and sophias, and were responsible for conducting the day-to-day church activities. Only individuals judged to be of high intelligence, refinement and open mind were admitted to Doinel's Gnostic Church. At the same time, the Gnostic Church was intended to present a system of mystical Masonry. The sacramental liturgy of the Church was completed by the inclusion of two Cathar sacraments, the Consolamentum and the Appareillamentum.
Within a year, he resigned from Masonry, converted to Catholicism, and began one of the most notorious propaganda campaigns in the history of Occultism. Miss Vaughan, a direct descendant of the 17th century Rosicrucian and Alchemist Thomas Vaughan, had been corresponding with Taxil.
Her heart had evidently been softened by one too many child sacrifices, and she had secretly written to Taxil to inquire about how she might be saved. Her correspondence also revealed many shocking secrets of the devilish world of the Masonic Inner Circle: luciferian symbolism contained in seemingly innocent emblems and phrases; gruesome human sacrifices and obscene phallic orgies conducted in hidden chambers of infernal worship carved beneath the Rock of Gibraltar; and terrifying conspiracies for world satanic domination.
Ultimately, Miss Vaughan, by then world-famous, decided once and for all to renounce Satan and convert to Catholicism. To a lecture hall filled with Catholic Clergy and Freemasons, Jogand revealed that Diana Vaughan was none other than his secretary, but that there was no point in introducing her, because she had never been a High Priestess of the Palladists.
In fact, there had never been an Order of the Palladium. He, Gabriel Jogand, had fabricated the entire story as a monumental joke at the expense of the Church. He had remained a faithful anti-clericalist all along. The Masons present found this revelation intensely amusing.Impressions of a Gnostic Mass
The Catholic clergy present did not.Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica E. The E. The central activity of the E. Lay membership in E. Members of O. Many O. In most locations, no formal affiliation is required to attend the Mass. The Gnostic Catholic Church was founded in e. In e. As with all his other affiffiliations, Reuss incorporated the Gnostic Catholic Church into the system of O.
Reuss translated the Gnostic Mass into German and published it in e. Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica is an inseparable part of Ordo Templi Orientis; and the Gnostic Mass is one of the official rituals, more specifically the central ritual, of Ordo Templi Orientis. While E. It has declared itself independent from the Christian Universal Gnostic Church and its successors, and is no longer considered to be a Christian Church. Its ecclesiastical powers are founded on a spiritual succession from the Master Therion and the constituent originating assemblies of O.
The theology, doctrines and sacramental theory of E. Its rites and ceremonies are eclectic in form drawing upon the sacerdotal practices of a wide variety of cultures and historical religious systemsbut are fundamentally Thelemic in character.
The traditional doctrines, theology, canon law, and insignia of the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Jacobite Churches do not operate within E.
There are two recognized subclasses of Church membership, the Clergy Clerical membership and the Laity Lay membership. All official rites and ceremonies used within E. The Patriarch has the authority to approve texts to be used in celebrations of the Gnostic Mass by Priests and Priestesses of E.
The Primate shall in general supervise and control the affairs of E. At this time, the Primate of E. Grand Lodge of O. Frater Superior Hymenaeus Beta has delegated, in full, his duties and authority within E. The actions and decisions of the Primate are subject to modification or reversal by the Patriarch upon appeal by any Bishop within the U. Bishops have the power and authority within E. Bishops within E. Bishops of E. Any public celebration of the Gnostic Mass which involves the participation of a recognized Bishop of E.
Possession of a valid and documented Apostolic Succession does not make one a Bishop of E.Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica E. It is the ecclesiastical arm of the Ordo Templi Orientis O. Thelema is a philosophical, mystical and religious system elaborated by Aleister Crowleyand based on The Book of the Law. The word Catholic denotes the universality of doctrine and not a Christian or Roman Catholic belief set. Basil of the Russian Church". In addition to the Eucharist, baptism, confirmation, marriage, and last rites are offered by E.
Marriage is not limited to couples of opposite gender. I prepared for the use of the O. Most O. Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica has a hierarchical structure of clergy, assisting officers, and laity which parallels the degree structure of the O. Beforethe two systems were more loosely correlated, but since then there have been strict rules concerning minimum O.
As currently constituted, E. Clergy must be initiate members of O. Novice clergy are initiate members who participate in the administration of E. The first ordination in E. Second Degree initiates of O. The sacerdotal ordination admits members to the priesthood. Sacerdotal ordinands must hold at least the K. The Priesthood is responsible for administering the sacraments through the Gnostic Mass and other ceremonies as authorized by their supervising Bishops.
The Priesthood is supervised and instructed by the Episcopate, or Bishops. Full initiation to the Seventh Degree of O. The Frater or Soror Superior of O. Theodor Reuss produced and authorized a German translation in The text of the Gnostic Mass makes reference to ceremonies of baptism, confirmation, and marriage. Crowley left some notes towards a baptism ritual, and his " Liber CVI " was written for use in a last rites circumstance. The Bishops of the contemporary Church have developed rituals for all of these purposes, as well as infant benedictions, consecration of holy oil, funerals, and home administration of the Eucharist to the sick.
Although some Gnostic Masses are held privately for initiates only, there is nothing 'secret' about E. The Gnostic Saints of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica are a series of historical and mythological figures revered in the religion of Thelema.
Two Gnostic Saints have been officially added to the original list. William Blake was so recognized based on a discovered writing by Aleister Crowley which described him as such. The Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica descended from a line of French Gnostic revival churches that developed in the 19th century. At that time, these Gnostic churches were essentially Christian in nature. Inthey gave O.
History of the Gnostic Catholic Church
The name " Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica " was not applied to the church until Crowley wrote the Gnostic Mass inwhich Reuss proclaimed to be the church's official rite.
This marked the first time an established church was to accept the Law of Thelema as its central doctrine. During this period of separation Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica published its own quarterly magazine. Since then the Church has expanded greatly, and in recent years several books and articles dealing with the E. A creed is a statement of belief—usually religious belief—or faith. The word derives from the Latin credo for "I believe". The first six articles profess several beliefs by the congregants.This page is depreciated.
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To view the Hebrew characters used herein, you will need to download and install the Hebrew font available here. And, forasmuch as meat and drink are transmuted in us daily into spiritual substance, I believe in the Miracle of the Mass. And I confess my life one, individual, and eternal that was, and is, and is to come. Note that the Creed is divided into 8 clauses followed by three repetitions of the Thelemic form of the Pranava. The two following clauses describe the essential products of the Mass from the perspective of the congregation.
The final two clauses are in the form of confession rather than belief and describe parallels between the occurrences in the Mass and the life of the individual. It refers to Kether, the ultimate Unity which is beyond all Understanding and cannot be comprehended even through the highest Wisdom. CHAOS is the name used by the Orpheans to denote the primal, undifferentiated substance from which the Universe was formed.
As the Ruach, it is the Holy Spirit, the Mind of the Formative World, and the Son of the Father, which caresses the cheek of our fair Mother, and which descends from the sky to mediate between us and our Father the Sun by communicating the Holy Prana into our blood through Inspiration. Physically, this one Air unites us in a single, sensible continuum with all other living beings who have ever dwelt on the surface of the Earth. From it, the plants partake of carbon dioxide gas, which they combine with the Salts of the Earth, Water, and the Light of the Sun to give us our bread and wine; and to it they return the oxygen gas of which we, as animals, partake.
This oxygen gas feeds our interior flames of metabolism, in which the bread and wine is sacrificed, and whose incense returns the carbon dioxide gas to the Air, in just measure, as an offering of thanksgiving for our nourishment. Thus, all terrestrial life is linked in physical, cyclic communion through the medium of the one Air. She is the physical mother of each of us, the one who provided us with material flesh to clothe our naked spirits; She is the Archetypal Mother, the Great Yoni, the Womb of all that lives through the flowing of Blood; She is the Great Sea, the Divine Blood itself which cloaks the World and which courses through our veins; and She is Mother Earth, the Womb of All Life that we know.
The Serpent, perhaps because it allegedly guarded the Tree of Knowledge, is associated with Wisdom. Also, because it sheds its skin, and because it moves in an undulatory pattern, the Serpent has long been a symbol of renewal, and the cycle of death and rebirth. Some cultures have noted that, because the serpent has lidless eyes, it is the only creature that can look directly at the Sun without blinking. The name of the Hebrew letter Teth means serpentand Teth is attributed to the zodiacal sign of Leo, the lion.
Leo and Scorpio are both Fixed Signs, but whereas Leo is a fiery sign, ruled by the Sun, Scorpio is a watery sign, ruled by Mars or Plutoand Scorpio and Leo are located square to each other on the wheel of the zodiac.Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap. Thursday, June 7, There is much discussion today concerning the presence of a new Gnosticism within the Catholic Church.
Some of what has been written is helpful, but much of what has been described as a revival of this heresy has little to do with its ancient antecedent.
Moreover, attributions of this ancient heresy to various factions within contemporary Catholicism are generally misdirected. To bring some clarity to this discussion of neo-Gnosticism first demands a clear understanding of the old form. Ancient Gnosticism came in various forms and expressions, often quite convoluted, but some essential principles are discernible:. By means of their saving knowledge, they can completely extricate themselves from the evil material world and ascend to the divine.
Compared to ancient Gnosticism, what is now being proposed as neo-Gnosticism within contemporary Catholicism appears confused and ambiguous, as well as misdirected. Admittedly, we all know Catholics who act superior to others, who flaunt their fuller understanding of dogmatic or moral theology to accuse others of laxity. There is nothing new about such righteous judgmentalism.
They are the doctrines that make her one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. Moreover, these doctrines and commandments are not some esoteric way of life that enslaves one to irrational and merciless laws, imposed from without by a tyrannical authority. When God tells us what we must never do, he is protecting us from evil, the evil that can destroy our human lives — lives he created in his image and likeness. To promote this way of life is not to propose a new salvific knowledge. In ancient Gnosticism, people of faith — bishops, priests, theologians, and laity — would be called psychics.
Those who mistakenly accuse others of neo-Gnosticism propose — when confronted with the nitty-gritty of real-life doctrinal and moral issues — the need to seek out what God would have them do, personally. People are encouraged to discern, on their own, the best course of action, given the moral dilemma they face in their own existential context — what they are capable of doing at this moment in time.
If there is any new Gnostic paradigm in the Church today, it would seem to be found here. Copyright The Catholic Thing. All Rights Reserved.Our problems, according to Benedict, began with the Sexual Revolution. Some statistical information may help to place that timeline in context.
One far-reaching study found that 50 percent of men and 26 percent of women have had an extramarital affair. It also found that 85 percent of married men and nearly 2 in 3 married women had participated in pre-marital intercourse, 70 percent of men had paid for sex, and 22 percent of chaste, unmarried women reported that they were virgins only due to lack of opportunity. His letter seems to be an effort to legitimize the narrative that progressive openness about sexuality among many Catholics after the Second Vatican Council created an environment where more gay men were attracted to the priesthood, they acted out sexually, and the sexual exploitation of minors was the result.
There are no data on clerical sexual abuse before the midth century. No one was studying it in those days.
So, we cannot talk about a spike if we do not know what the baseline was for normal. The problem here is the belief in a golden age, an ideal past to which the church only needs to return if we want to solve our most terrible problems. This is why both arguments ignore or simply make up facts. The lure of a golden age is powerful, and that is understandable.
All of us in the church want to find the root of the problems so we can solve them, and even baseless arguments can seem tempting. Catholic, were not selected to receive advance copies. If all of this has the appearance of a coordinated campaign to attack Pope Francis, that is probably a fair conclusion.
It seems unlikely that the nonagenarian former pope is coordinating this campaign. It is more likely that he is being used to advance it, and there has been some rather reasonable speculation that the letter was ghost-written for him a practice that should not raise eyebrows, as bishops write very few documents for themselves.
Darker forces are at work here. They have an agenda that goes far beyond the debate about sexual abuse or leadership in the church, and they are not above weaponizing the sexual abuse of children to press their cause.
That is where attention needs to be paid. But there is something else. Early Christians struggled against gnostic movements. An ideal past, a greatness in the church or in the United States that we can return to, is a gnostic idea. It offers a formula to follow that will create a world in which our problems are solved. Gnosticism has never gone away.
It arises from our frustration that Christians and our church are sinful, and we go on being sinful. The mysteries of sin and suffering are too much for us sometimes.
We want a perfection that is not available in this life, and we are unwilling to wait for the reign of God to get it.
So we manufacture a formula that will fix things. It is overtaking us now.Gnostic cosmogony generally presents a distinction between a supreme, hidden God and a blind, malevolent demiurge responsible for creating the material universethereby trapping the divine spark within matter.
Many Gnostic texts deal not in concepts of sin and repentancebut with illusion and enlightenment. Gnostic writings flourished among certain Christian groups in the Mediterranean world until about the second century, when the Fathers of the early church denounced them as heresy.
In the Gnostic Christian tradition, Christ is seen as a divine being which has taken human form in order to lead humanity back to the Light. In the Persian EmpireGnostic ideas spread as far as China via the related movement Manichaeismwhile Mandaeism is still alive in Iraq. For centuries, most scholarly knowledge of Gnosticism was limited to the anti-heretical writings of orthodox Christian figures such as Irenaeus of Lyons and Hippolytus of Rome.
Renewed interest in Gnosticism occurred after the discovery of Egypt's Nag Hammadi librarya collection of rare early Christian and Gnostic texts, including the Gospel of Thomas and the Apocryphon of John. A major question in scholarly research is the qualification of Gnosticism as either an interreligious phenomenon or as an independent religion.
Scholars have acknowledged the influence of sources such as Hellenistic Judaism and Platonismand some have noted possible links to Buddhism and Hinduismthough the evidence of direct influence from these latter sources is inconclusive. Gnosis refers to knowledge based on personal experience or perception. In a religious context, gnosis is mystical or esoteric knowledge based on direct participation with the divine. In most Gnostic systems, the sufficient cause of salvation is this "knowledge of" "acquaintance with" the divine.
It is an inward "knowing", comparable to that encouraged by Plotinus neoplatonismand differs from proto-orthodox Christian views. The usual meaning of gnostikos in Classical Greek texts is "learned" or "intellectual", such as used by Plato in the comparison of "practical" praktikos and "intellectual" gnostikos. By the Hellenistic periodit began to also be associated with Greco-Roman mysteriesbecoming synonymous with the Greek term musterion.
The adjective is not used in the New Testament, but Clement of Alexandria [note 3] speaks of the "learned" gnostikos Christian in complimentary terms. Some scholars [note 4] consider that Irenaeus sometimes uses gnostikos to simply mean "intellectual", [note 5] whereas his mention of "the intellectual sect" [note 6] is a specific designation. The term "Gnosticism" does not appear in ancient sources,  [note 10] and was first coined in the 17th century by Henry More in a commentary on the seven letters of the Book of Revelationwhere More used the term "Gnosticisme" to describe the heresy in Thyatira.
Irenaeus c. The earliest origins of Gnosticism are obscure and still disputed. The proto-orthodox Christian groups called Gnostics a heresy of Christianity, [note 13]  but according to the modern scholars the theology's origin is closely related to Jewish sectarian milieus and early Christian sects.
As Christianity developed and became more popular, so did Gnosticism, with both proto-orthodox Christian and Gnostic Christian groups often existing in the same places. The Gnostic belief was widespread within Christianity until the proto-orthodox Christian communities expelled the group in the second and third centuries AD. Gnosticism became the first group to be declared heretical. Some scholars prefer to speak of "gnosis" when referring to first-century ideas that later developed into gnosticism, and to reserve the term "gnosticism" for the synthesis of these ideas into a coherent movement in the second century.
Robinsonno gnostic texts clearly pre-date Christianity, [note 15] and "pre-Christian Gnosticism as such is hardly attested in a way to settle the debate once and for all.
Contemporary scholarship largely agrees that Gnosticism has Jewish Christian origins, originating in the late first century AD in nonrabbinical Jewish sects and early Christian sects. Many heads of gnostic schools were identified as Jewish Christians by Church Fathers, and Hebrew words and names of God were applied in some gnostic systems.