J.S.M. Ward, 'Bishop at Large': 'Orthodox Catholicism' and Church History in Interwar Britain

Ginn, Geoff (2010) J.S.M. Ward, 'Bishop at Large': 'Orthodox Catholicism' and Church History in Interwar Britain. Crossroads: An interdisciplinary journal for the study of history, philosophy, religion and classics, 5 1: 45-57.


Author Ginn, Geoff
Title J.S.M. Ward, 'Bishop at Large': 'Orthodox Catholicism' and Church History in Interwar Britain
Journal name Crossroads: An interdisciplinary journal for the study of history, philosophy, religion and classics
ISSN 1833-878X
Publication date 2010-09-07
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 5
Issue 1
Start page 45
End page 57
Total pages 13
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld. Australia
Publisher School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, University of Queensland
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract The colourful ecclesiastical underworld of the modern ‘bishops at large’ documented by Peter Anson is easily ridiculed. With tiny congregations and afflicted by constant schism and reunion, their imposing titles, elaborate rituals and grand doctrinal disputes are seen as delusions of grandeur or veils for outright fraud. But closer examination of what attracted individuals to episcopal status in the first place suggests the deeper implications of a movement often dismissed as superficial farce. Esoteric theologies and a ‘living heritage’ of ritual and worship were important aspects that are acknowledged but not explored in Anson’s treatment. The example of Father John Ward, the Masonic historian and Christian mystic consecrated Archbishop of Olivet in the ‘Western Orthodox Catholic Church’ in the mid-1940s, suggests the particular attractions of church heritage to the modern episcopi vagantes.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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