The Apostolic Succession

In the fol­low­ing gath­ered mate­r­i­al the var­i­ous lines of suc­ces­sion will be quot­ed by which Bish­op Hugh George DeWil­l­mott-New­man, Patri­arch of Glas­ton­bury in Great Brit­ian, is sup­port­ed. There­in is also con­firmed that these suc­ces­sions were con­ferred on Arch­bish­op Maria Josef Thiesen of Cologne through Alois Stumpfl. A fur­ther con­se­cra­tion, which Thiesen had con­di­tion­al­ly received from the Old Roman Catholic Bish­op Thomas Tol­lenaar of Arn­hem on 4 Novem­ber 1951, gives him indis­putable con­fir­ma­tion of the pos­ses­sion of the apos­tolic suc­ces­sion of the Armen­ian-Unit­ed and Anti­ochi­an lines. Bish­op Johannes Brom, con­se­crat­ed by Thiesen, con­se­crat­ed Ger­ar­dus Franck to bish­op, assist­ed by Thiesen and the Bish­ops Bey­er and Smekal of Kiel. Bish­op Franck ordained me to priest­hood and on 24 August 1977 he con­se­crat­ed me a bish­op in Sit­tard (Nether­lands).

Reli­able wit­ness­es of my con­se­cra­tion to bish­op are today mem­bers of the New Chris­t­ian soci­ety found­ed by me. 

For clar­i­ty of pre­sen­ta­tion, we have arranged all secured lines of suc­ces­sion in order of con­se­cra­tion of the bish­ops and num­bered them 1 to 14.

In 14 dif­fer­ent lines 7 suc­ces­sions prove to be secured, only one apos­tolic suc­ces­sion of which suf­fices for the valid­i­ty of the Apos­tles’ suc­ces­sion. Annexed there­to the overview of the 14 lines in com­par­i­son. We are not in pos­ses­sion of any addi­tion­al con­fir­ma­tion for the 3 bish­ops of Angli­can descent men­tioned in the “Cor­po­rate Reunionis”:

The Eter­nal Guard of Rome – Niko­laus Schnei­der as a Swiss Guard 

Moss­mann, Lee and Sec­combe, who have a writ­ten con­fir­ma­tion of a triple suc­ces­sion, name­ly the Greek-(Byzantine), the Syro-Mel­chitic and Roman Catholic ones.

In accor­dance with the infor­ma­tion, Moss­mann and Lee were incor­po­rat­ed as valid into the Roman Catholic Church. Con­se­quent­ly, these suc­ces­sions would apply to DeWil­l­mott-New­man and his successors.

Any­one who, for any rea­son, wish­es to express doubt as to the valid­i­ty of my con­se­cra­tion is rec­om­mend­ed to exam­ine the “suc­ces­sion of the pure, apos­tolic teach­ing” sub­se­quent­ly empha­sised by F. W. Haack with me personally.

Fur­ther­more, we refer to a canon­i­cal report drawn up by Hel­mut Deixler M.Div. of Vien­na on 13 Decem­ber 1985 con­cern­ing the valid­i­ty of my con­se­cra­tion as bishop.

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