BY THE COLLEGE OF BISHOPS AND SOPHIAS
In recent years a misconception has arisen. Many seem to believe that Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, or E.G.C., is a ‘sub-set’ of O.T.O., and accordingly that the hierarchy of O.T.O. is the ultimate authority governing E.G.C.
This idea is fostered by partial and misleading statements on some O.T.O. websites1“The Gnostic Catholic Church officially ceased to exist outside O.T.O. in 1908…” T. Apiryon; History of the Gnostic Catholic Church – Note 3 https://oto-uk.org/egchistory.html.
Although this idea is finding increasing acceptance, it is absolutely false.
For the avoidance of any possible doubt, all we need to do is consult the Frater Superior of O.T.O.’s own essay on the Gnostic Catholic Church:
He goes on to say:
Confusion has arisen over the O.T.O. regulations instituted in 1991 e.v.2Hymenaeus Beta;“New E.G.C. – O.T. O. Policy”, The Magical Link ,Volume V, No 3 Fall 1991 e.v. which brought in degree-based requirements for E.G.C. positions, for example:
“It is a prerequisite for recognized ordination as a Priest or Priestess of E.G.C. to be a member of O.T.O. in good standing of at least the degree of Knight (or Dame) of East and West.”
It must be emphasised that such regulations are only applicable within the administrative confines of O.T.O.
We should also consider what the essential factor is underlying an E.G.C. Priest/Priestess Ordination, or Bishop Consecration. Hymenaeus Beta, discussing his own Consecration, wrote:
This focus on personal gnosis seems very different to the regulatory approach adopted within O.T.O. since 1991 e.v., when he writes:
This regulatory shift has been a key factor in our coming to understand the need for a gnostic church operating independently from the E.G.C. We believe that allowing the desire for power, obedience and authority to take precedence over personal gnosis is anathema to Gnosticism.
Original Publication Date: 2018 e.v.