This all has to be read in reverse, but in order we had claims of consecration, then a counter-claim that there was no consecration, and now a counter-counter claim with a photograph. I shall here publish relevant bits of the counter claim, then my fingers burnt bit and then the original. From Tia L. Douglass:
Yes I was consecrated and have a photo and witness as such. The photo atached was taken by Subdeacon Graham Suddick. William is now denying it, but I have the signed documents...
[There follows claims about illness and William Ireland apparently removed from active involvement in the Young Rite]
*** was pressurising him to say my consecration wasn't valid. Sorry but it is, my soul is marked and it can not be removed.
So yes I am a Bishop.
Previously I wrote:
Welcome to the world of the Independent Sacramental Movement. The entry made, as shown now further below, was done so after receiving an email and being presented with an under-construction website with a protected .PDF. What constitutes evidence? Short of finding phone numbers and email addresses and ringing up, this - what looked like a correction to four - constitutes a means of evidence.
Hello Rev. Adrian
I have just seen your article on female Catholic Bishops, you can add another to that list as I was consecrated on the 10th February this year and I am currently setting up a church.
More information here, including my linesages. http://churchsmsj.org/
The site isn't complete yet, but you will find a press statement in the news section.
If you want to know anything else just ask.
++Tia L Douglass
The Church of St. Mary & St. John.
So [I know I am not a Rev. Adrian], having checked the website I took a view that something had happened, and added my knowledge of The Young Rite to this. However, my fingers have been burnt. William G. Ireland denies his involvement, and that is evidence to the contrary. See the comments.
You know I don't include in my lists the Arian Catholic Church that is located in Hessle, only because others in the ISM told me it is unconnected. I mean, I should like the idea of an Arian Catholic Church, and much included is of interest, but not one that claims the first Christian Church in Britain 37 CE and (though I'm having trouble finding this bit) one that has claimed that Jesus's Uncle brought him to England during his missing teenage years. You know, a lot of work went into this and its material seems credible, until you look more carefully. So fantasy is an element of some of these groups.
So we are back to four and sincere apologies.
Previous to that I had written:
Given the nature of these things, you can never be sure, but there was a fourth female bishop consecrated on the 10th February, and so Mhoira Lauer-Patterson is the fifth. So the fourth was and is Bishop Tia L. Douglass.
Presumably the main line of apostolic succession comes through Arnold Harris Mathew, Frederick Samuel Willoughby, James Ingall Wedgwood and Charles Webster Leadbeater, in other words the Liberal Catholic line, and on to John Kersey, Alistair Bate, and finally William Glyn Ireland. Those before her with multiple lines thus give her multiple lines. Her lineages thus range from Liberal Catholic to Old Catholic, Brazilian Catholic through Orthodoxy to Gnostic and Templar lines.
Her ordination was done in such a way to emphasise male and female balance, and her own website news page states:
She is also the Prelate and Archbishop of The Church of St. Mary & St. John, a Celtic/Old Catholic Jurisdiction in the UK and Ireland.
Bishop Douglass has assumed the titular Episcopal seat of Anglezarke where formerly The Knights Hospitallers held land. The Knights Hospitaller, also known as the Order of Hospitallers or simply Hospitallers, were a group attached to the Temple in Jerusalem that was founded by Blessed Gerard around 1023 out of which two major Orders of Chivalry evolved, the Order of the Knights of St. Lazarus and the Order of the Knights of St. John, later to be known as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
The Church is modestly called the Church of Mary and St. John, presumably for male and female balance, described as Celtic/ Old Catholic, and she is based at Chorley in Lancashire. It looks like it follows the pattern of the Young Rite, which is to ordain anyone who wants ordaining (see - no need for a Church of England selection conference; those who have been rejected can always go elsewhere) regardless of sexuality, gender, race or status. On a scale of being esoteric, if the LCAC is more esoteric than the OEC, then this is very esoteric and even possibly Gnostic.
Among the various ceremonies throughout the year there are distinctive ones: the Ritual of Air at Candlemas, the Ritual of Earth on 1st May, the Ritual of Fire on 1st August and the Ritual of Water on All Hallows Eve.