Celtic Orthodox Archdiocese of New Tallaght (OCCNA)

Celtic Orthodox Archdiocese of New Tallaght (OCCNA)

Aka "Celtic Orthodox Christian Church in North America"

Kristopher Dowling:

Below Dowling admits he believes gnosticism is "nominally" Christian [ignoring the historical fact that gnosticism predates Christianity by over 300 years], making Dowling a Satanist:

From: kdowling@usa.pipeline.com(Fr. Kristopher G. Dowling, S.S.B.)

Subject: Re: Reincarnation??? (was) Early Celtic Christian Dogma

Date: 08 May 1996 00:00:00 GMT

Message-ID: <4mr4q7$p7u@news2.h1.usa.pipeline.com>

newsgroups: soc.culture.celtic

On May 08, 1996 04:26:09 in article , 'merilin@winternet.com (JL)' wrote:

>Christianity is compatible with belief in reincarnation.

>The Gnostics (a Christian sect) fit it in just fine in their belief structure.

The term 'Gnostic' is used to define a group of sects. Some were closer to Christianity than others. Most were nominally Christian. Some believe[d] that Gnosis (comprehension/knowledge) could be achieved and others believed that it only was a gift from God. The[y] all are considered a reduction of the Faith.

Below Dowling shows he is ignorant of Church History such as the heresy of monothelitism [meaning "only of one-will"]:

From: Kristopher Dowling

Subject: Re: Apostolic Succession

Date: 06 Mar 1997 00:00:00 GMT

Message-ID: <5fo3ru$7kb@geneva.rutgers.edu>

Newsgroups: soc.religion.christian

Chris Csernica wrote:

> Your insinuation that heretics were executed under the Christian Roman

> Emperors is unfounded. The harshest penalty available was exile.

Persecution was a problem under heretical Emperors. Heraclius (of Holy Cross recovery fame) and Constans II (if memory serves) both were supporters of the Monothelitism (a belief that Christ did not have a human will). . . .

Dowling ordained his spouse Elizabeth Dowling as "Rev.-Mother"; claims Roman Catholic rites in Ireland are "original celtic"; advertizes "Wishing You A Joyous Lenten Fast!". Dowling is another undeducated product from Fordham University, and is a head-case who believes Orthodoxy was the original celtic religion.

At www.geocities.com/Athens/3374/epikl.htm, Dowling states that he is not an Orthodox Christian because he admits that the formula by which he attempts to confect holy communion is defective and thus invalid:

"In the original text of the Celtic Liturgy of the Lorrha Stowe Missal, there is no one prayer which comprises the Epiklesis, the invocation of the Holy Spirit to change the offerings into the Body and Blood of Christ. That text does not exist in any Celtic manuscript."

Also note the astonishing use of the word "offerings" which implies anything may be used.

Dowling is intellectually dishonest and states:

"An Arrangement of the Rule of Saint Maelr... There are commentaries by St. Maelron this Rule. ... The Céli Dé are celibate or married men and women."

But that rule is not historically authentic and contrary to what St Maelruain taught:

"The Culdees ... insisted on the continuous practice of 'enclosure' with the consequent exclusion of 'pilgrimage' with its implication of wandering exile ... They insisted too on the practice of celibacy, both by monks and the other clergy. ... [V]igils in cold water or with the arms in the form of a cross and flagellation were recommended." D.H.Farmer, The Oxford Dictionary of Saints, New York, Oxford University Press, 1982, pp. 255-6, with references to Hughes 1966; Gwynn 1927; Gwynn, Purton 1911.

Furthermore, the Culdees (from Céle Dé not Dowling's Céli Dé) were based on "the Rule of Chrodegang, archbishop of Metz [Germany] (d. 766)" and not any rule invented by Dowling's imaginary St. Maelruain. EB11, v. 7, p. 615.

Although Dowling and his group violently claim to be Orthodox and "canonical", they are patently not Orthodox or canonical in any sense of the words.

Dowling is also not a canonical or Orthodox bishop. Dowling's primary consecrator Andrei Brennan (see here) was not canonical, therefore Dowling is not canonical or Orthodox. Dowling's secondary consecrator, Kevin William Collins, was not canonical and is associated with an unrecognized Ukrainian group in Cleveland, affiliated with the excommunicated Filaret in Kiev, containing mostly homosexual clergy and more clergy than laity.