The Apostolic Succession of the Sword-Bishop
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 Nikolaus Andreas Schneider to priesthood and on 24 August 1977 he consecrated him a bishop in Sittard (Netherlands).
Reliable witnesses of his consecration as bishop are today members of the New Christian society founded by him.
For clarity of presentation all secured lines of succession have been arranged in order of con secration of the bishops and numbered 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”:
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.
Who for any reason wishes to express doubt as to the validity of the Sword-Bishop’s consecration, is recommended to examine the ‘succession of the pure, apostolic teaching’ subsequently emphasized by F. W. Haack with the Sword-Bishop himself.
Furthermore, we refer to a canonical report drawn up by Helmut Deixler M.Div. of Vienna on 13 December 1985 concerning the validity of the bishop’s consecration of the Sword-Bishop Nikolaus Andreas Schneider.