Автор: H.R.T. Brandreth | Рубрика: Статьи
...It is but a short step from these cases to the thoroughgoing “Episcopi Vagantes.” Once validity is suspended solely upon pedigree, without regard to ecclesial context, then a line of bishops may arise without any real church connections at all. In the twentieth century such lines of succession have in fact sprung from clandestine or ill-advised consecrations, the most famous, that of A.H. Mathew, being by the Old Catholic bishops in Holland; and others, notably of J.R. Vilatte and Vernon Herford, being by schismatic bishops of the East in Ceylon. In each instance the recipient of episcopal orders seems to have deceived his consecrators to greater or lesser degree.