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T Michael Bertiaux & T Allen Greenfield at Bertiaux's Chicago Temple, December 4, 1993 C.E. on occasion of Greenfield's reconsecration to the Episcopate.
Bertiaux inaugurated Greenfield's Assembly of the Knowledge and Wisdom of Solomon effective September 21, 1985 C.E.
In the spiritual tradition of the Rites of Memphis and Misraim, Bertiaux also chartered Greenfield as Master of The Lodge of the Sons & Daughters of Aaron on October 10, 1992 C.E.. Photo by Frater 117. See Certificates below.
Masonic titles, Traditional Apostolic Succession,
Succession from Joseph Smith, Edward Alexander Crowley and Jules
The following is abstracted from “Masonic Dignities & Egregoric Successions”, periodically updated by Rt. Rev. Greenfield directly rather than by his web maintainer.
A statement on spiritual legacy by Rt. Rev. T Allen Greenfield
Please note that, as Tau Michael Bertiaux has held, since June 16, 1979, all major independent lines of the traditional apostolic succession through consecration at that time by Bishop Forest Gregory Barber, all such lines flow to me by virtue of my consecrations by Bertiaux. Bertiaux, later reconsecrated by Jorge Rodriguez, then also consecrated me.
In line with my former associates at OTO's Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, Patriarch Tau Silenus and Primate Tau Apiryon, I hold that there is a distinction between, on the one hand, Spiritual Appointment and Consecration in the lineage of Edward Alexander Crowley (Baphomet XI°) and, on the other, the traditional Apostolic Succession. Both have their importance and validity.
In my view, and in having held both, I believe I can render a rather well informed and detached opinion on this. I held the succession of Baphomet as a Bishop "now and forever" through Consecration by both the Absolute Grand Patriarch of the Ordo Templi Orientis Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (November 19, 1988). While I am no longer associated with EGC-OTO, I hold with the Augustinian doctrine “once a bishop—always a bishop”, though I claim—and would have—no authority within OTO as of late July, 2006. As Tau Silenus recognized me in writing unconditionally as Bishop in writing prior to my becoming an OTO initiate, I maintain I hold the succession of Baphomet, such as it is. Others are free to disagree; nobody questions my Full Apostolic Succession, which is what counts magically.
The "Baphomet descent" doctrine peculiar to the current OTO management was, in my opinion, a reaction to questions about their own Apostolic Succession, and nothing more, a silly over reaction typical of them. I also hold the Latter Day Saints succession through Bishop Conway, and the Doinel Succession through various consecrations. The Honorary Title of "Rabbi" was recently also given me by the Fellowship Assembly, which I accept in the sense of being a "teacher of spirituality" in the Reform Jewish tradition.
What Allen Greenfield Really Believes
(A link to the 1999/5759 Pittsburgh Statement of Principles of the Central Conference of American Rabbis)
It is my own conviction that verifiable spiritual powers are demonstrably attributable to various lineages of spiritual succession, be this the so-called "Succession of the Apostles" (which descends from the ancient Roman State Religion through Roman Christianity), various non-apostolic but similar lines of succession (Latter Day Saints, Doinel Gnostic, New Aeon, et al), or blood lineages as in the hereditary Hindu Brahmins or Hebrew Kohenim, from which I descend. I profess only two fundamental convictions in these endeavors: I advocate Scientific Illuminism, or the method of science employed in pursuit of the aims of religion, and I holds firmly to the conviction that the world as-it-is is sufficiently unsatisfactory that exploration of almost any ethical "out-of-the-box" alternative, however unconventional, is worth the effort. We consider this Tikkun Olam, the attempt to improve the world as envisioned in our native great Hebraic tradition.
I hold also with Tau Michael Bertiaux that "Apostolic Succession" is of value as a continuation of the most ancient priesthoods of Egypt and Rome through the Christian communion, and that special mystical powers "objectively" are transferred by consecration in these lineages. My particular assertion is that this can be objectively verified through scientific experimentation, similar to that performed in parapsychology with spiritual healers. The legend of Ormus, the Egyptian Priest converted in apostolic times to Christianity, and transforming Egyptian Rites into a mode suitable to the Aeon of Osiris is, at least allegorically, a fair hint of the orderly continuity between ancient Near Eastern religions and the Christian Succession in the Eastern Churches, making it a suitable vehicle for continuity in our times. In the Western Churches, the Apostolic Succession existed in the many currents of the long-enduring state religion of Rome, which can be traced to the early Roman ruler Numa Pompilius, founder of the College of Pontiffs and the office of Pontifex Maximus, hundreds of years before Pauline Christianity; passing through the Roman Imperial State as one with the Emperor as Pontifex Maximus from the time of Julius Caesar until the Christian Emperor Gratian renounced the title in 379 E.V., apparently in favor of the Bishop of Rome, Pope Damasus I. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, "The title pontifex was used of Roman Catholic bishops and pontifex maximus of the pope by the end of the 4th century." The continuity from the most ancient spiritual sources should be obvious here, and its historical value in continuity for the New Aeon equally valid, all other considerations and theories aside.
The following apostolic lineages are quite well documented. Others are also quite well documented and available for suitable historical research purposes.
OLD CATHOLIC & LIBERAL CATHOLIC EPISCOPAL SUCCESSION
(This constitutes the full succession of Rome, through Pope Urban VIII, his Archbishop of Rheims, the Archbishop of Mieux, and the subsequent accepted lineage of the Dutch Old Catholic Church through Archbishop Gerardus Gul.)
|Gerardus Gul consecrated||Arnold Harris Mathew||28 April 1908|
|... who consecrated||Frederick Samuel Willoughby||28 October 1914|
|" "||James Ingall Wedgwood||13 February 1916|
|" "||Irving Steiger Cooper||13 July 1919|
|" "||Charles H. Hampton||13 September 1931|
|" "||Herman Adrian Spruit||22 June 1957|
|" "||Forest E. Gregory Barber||15 June 1971|
|" "||Michael Paul Bertiaux||16 June 1979|
|" "||Allen Henry Greenfield||21 September 1986|
EASTERN ORTHODOX (JACOBITE) EPISCOPAL SUCCESSION
(Jacobite/Eastern Orthodox Succession of Antioch)
|Abp. Julius Alvares consecrated||Joseph René Vilatte||29 May 1892|
|... who consecrated||Paolo Miraglia||6 May 1900|
|" "||Julien Houssaye||4 December 1904|
|" "||Louis François Giraud||21 July 1911|
|" "||Jean Bricaud||12 July 1913|
|" "||Victor Blanchard||5 May 1918|
|" "||Roger Menard||7 January 1945|
|" "||Robert Ambelain||10 June 1946|
|" "||Roger Pommery||26 May 1958|
|" "||Willer Vital-Herne||16 September 1967|
|" "||Roger Victor-Herard||7 September 1970|
|" "||Jorge Rodriguez||6 January 1985|
|" "||Michael Paul Bertiaux||14 November 1985|
|" "||Allen Henry Greenfield||21 September 1986 & 4 December 1993|
JULES DOINEL - "NEW GNOSTIC EPISCOPAL" SUCCESSION
|Jules Stanslas Doinel consecrated||Dr. Gerard Encausse||1893|
|... who consecrated||Dr. Theodor Reuss||1909|
|" "||Sir Aleister Crowley||1912|
|" "||Maj. Grady McMurtry||1944|
|" "||Tau Silenus||1983|
|" "||Tau Sir Hasirim (Allen Greenfield)*||1988|
* Reconsecrated sub conditione by Tau Apiryon in 1993.
Note that, while this clearly constitutes the New Aeon Succession recognized by the Order of Oriental Templars, the succession from the mercurial visionary, Bishop Doinel, to Gerard Encausse (Papus) to Crowley as listed here has been disputed. The (non-apostolic mystical) succession of Doinel has come to Greenfield through so many other sources, it is listed here purely in the context of referencing the "New Aeon Succession" from Crowley. Be it noted that Greenfield was once again reconsecrated by the U.S. Primate of EGC, as part of the initiatory process within OTO.
The succession of the Russian Orthodox Church, Coptic Orthodox Church, Armenian Orthodox Church and the (non-apostolic) succession of the Mormon Church through Bishop William C. Conway, as well as the (non-apostolic) Doinel Gnostic succession through various routes are also applicable to my spiritual work. I am a descendent of the Kohenim of Israel (Hereditary Jewish Priesthood), and hold the special title of Rabbi. Information will be provided upon request from serious academic and ecclesiastical scholars.
Those interested in the minutest detail of the full lines should consult the aforementioned full article.
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Bertiaux Reconsecration of Greenfield
"I, Michael Paul Bertiaux, Patriarch of the Ecclesia Gnostica Spiritualis, do here certify, affirm and proclaim that I did ... impose my hands upon Bishop Allen Greenfield Tau Sir Hasirim to reconsecrate him ... he having been previously elected Bishop by the Synod of the College of Bishops of the Neopythaogorean Gnostic Church unanimously ..."
T Apiryon Reconsecration of Greenfield
"I, Tau Apiryon, Bishop of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica ... do here certify, affirm and proclaim that I did this day ... impose my hands upon Bishop Allen H. Greenfield Tau Sir Hasirim to reconsecrate him ... that he may oversee the Rites and Mysteries in accordance with the Law of THELEMA ..."
Rodriguez Consecration of Bertiaux
"We, Jorge Enrique Rodriguez-Villa, ecclesiatically Tau Johannes XIII ... have imposed our hands upon the Reverend Cleric Michael Bertiaux ... and have consecrated him as a Bishop ..."
Charter of the Lodge of the Sons & Daughters of Aaron
"I, Michael Bertiaux, do authorise the Rev'd Allen H. Greenfield, doctor of divinity and philosophy, living in Atlanta, Georgia, USA to found, gather, rule, and teach a philosophical and research Lodge of the Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis-Misraim ..."