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Churches and Priests
"The ever unknowable and incognizable Karana alone, the Causeless Cause of all causes, should have its shrine and altar on the holy and ever unitrodden ground of our heart - invisible, intangible, unmentioned, save through 'the still small voice' of our spiritual consciousness. Those who worship before it, ought to do so in the silence and the sanctified solitude of their Souls; making their spirit the Sole mediator between them and the Universal Spirit, their good actions the only priests, and their sinful intentions the only visible and objective sacrificial victims to the Presence." (Secret Doctrine I, p. 280)
"If both Church and priest could but pass out of the sight of the world as easily as their names do now from the eye of our reader, it would be a happy day for humanity. New York and London might then soon become as moral as a heathen city unoccupied by Christians; Paris be cleaner than the ancient Sodom." (Isis Unveiled II, p. 586)
"The clergy exist for the benef it of the world; they are intended to act as channels for the distribution of God's grace . . . In him also is vested the power to bless and to offer the sacrifice of the Holy Eucharist. The strength which the priest brings down is not for himself, but for the flock which is committed to his care ... So there are two aspects of ordination - the gif t of the Holy Ghost which provides the Key to the resevoir and the personal link of the Christ Himself with His Minister. The former of these is the official connection which enables a priest, for example, to consecrate the Host and to dispense absolution and blessing." (C. W. Leadbeater, Science and the Sacraments, pp. 301 , 309)
"Good news comes from Australia ... The three movements there, which I commended to the special service of our members - the Educational, the Co-Masonic and the Old Catholic Church - are growing beyond expectation ... A church, one of the old landmarks of Sydney, a fine looking pile in stone, which has the outside appearance of a cathedral has been purchased for the Old Catholic Church." (Annie Besant, The Theosophist, October, 1918)