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BHeidrick: EGC/OTO History

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From: (nagasiva)
Subject: BHeidrick: EGC/OTO History
Date: 12 Jan 1998 13:34:24 -0800

[from Bill Heidrick ]


"Charla J. Williams"  wrote:
>I was once told that folks claiming their lineage through Michael Bertiaux
>were recognized as valid Priests and Priestesses to perform a Caliphate
>OTO sponsored Gnostic Mass.  You suggested in an earlier posting
>today that this is not currently true.  Do you know if it once was?

This is not allowed for formal, OTO official, Gnostic Masses.  Back in
Grady's days, there was a separate EGC under the Patriarchate, as well as
the continuing EGC in OTO that survives today.  The details of regulation
under the separate EGC were more stringent than under the EGC in OTO, but
both allowed non EGC/OTO members to act as officers in the Mass om those
days, so long as either the Priest or Priestess was ordained.  Bertiaux has
a valid consecration in the Gnostic Catholic Church, but he is not an EGC
bishop.  His ordinations do not satisfy conditions for present EGC
regulation, unless admitted by a separate act of record by the OTO EGC
section.  Unofficial Masses are another matter entirely, more along the
lines of official masses in Grady's days, at least in some instances.  Note
that both EGC and GCC are descendants of the Episcopi Vegrantis from the
schism of Utrecht in 1739 e.v., although the GCC existed out of Doinel's
astral consecration for quite a while before merging with that line.  GCC
merged into OTO in the first quarter of the 20th century, about the time
the lines converged.  Under Reuss and Crowley, EGC was created out of that,
with modifications in the OTO initiation rituals to incorporate some of the
religious aspects and with the writing of Liber XV.  EGC is not the only
religious part of OTO.  A change from Christianity to Thelema was part of
that melding, completed under Crowley's tenure as Frater Superior and

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