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The General Church of the New Jerusalem Documents Concerning the Separation BrynAthyn 1937

The General Church of the New Jerusalem Documents Concerning the Separation BrynAthyn 1937

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The General Church of The New Jerusalem, Documents concerning the séparation, Bryn Athyn, 1937
The General Church of The New Jerusalem, Documents concerning the séparation, Bryn Athyn, 1937

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DOCUMENTS
CONCERNING
THE
SEPARATION
OFTHE
REV. ERNST PFEIFFER
jrom
THEGENERAL
CHURCH OF
THE
NEW
JERUSALEM
BRYN
ATHYN,
PENNSYLVANIA,
APRIL
7, 1937
 
APRIL
7,
1937.
1'0TIIE
i V I E ~ l n E R S
 
OF
TIIE
CENEH:\L
CllUHCll:
The
documents
appencled to this
letter
cOl1tain tile esselltial
bets
bearing upon
the
separation
of the Rev.
Ernst
Pfeiffer
from
the
General
Chllrch.
It
will be notecl
that the
separation
is Ilut based
on
clifferences
/}
of e!octri!lal view.
It
is based soleJy
on
the faet
that
~ { r .
 
Pfeiffer
'l
ilas public1y repucliatee! the
g o v ~ l l e l 1 t
 
of the
Church,
ane!
hascleclared his
intention
to
fOlïl1
an
indepene!ent body.
For
him
ta
relllain a Illember of the General
Chllrch
in
vievy
of
this
confessed
attitude
and
intention
woul be
subversive
ofail
arder.
S
!\
report
of the recent meetings of the Coul1cil of the Clergy,
and
of the
Joint
CounciI,
where
the
matter
\Vas
fully discussed, will
appear
in the
June
1ll1lnber of
"New
Church Life."
(Signecl)
GEOHGE
DE
CRAlDIS,
Ac/oing Bishop.
 
(The
foll07c'il'lg
acwunt
was written
by
the
ReIJ.
Ernst
Pfeiffer,
and as
ta
the main points illvo!vl'd, wos opprovl'd
by
Bishop de
ChIlJïIlS.)
HRIEF
ACCOUNTOF
A
MEETINGHELD
MARCH
25, 1937,
AT
BRYN
ATHYN,
PA.
(Present:
BISHOP
DE
CI-IJ\RMS,
presiding;
BISHOP
i\CTON,
REvs.
C.
E.
DOEIUNG,
H.
SVNNESTVEDT,
E.
PFEIFFER,
T.
PITCi\IRN,
E.
C.
ACToN,
and
HENDHTK
no!':!'.)
THE
CJ-IAIRMAN
statecI
that
the
lllCeting
had
bcen callcd
at
the
request
of
Eev.
T.
Pitcairn.
He
presullled
that either
Mr.
Pitcairnor
M
1".
Pfeiffer
hacl
S0111e
proposaI
to
lllake,
and
he said
that
thosC'
present would
be
glad
to
hear
whateverthey might
wish
to
say.
J\!IR.
PFEIFFER
said
that
he
ancl
lVI
r.
Groeneve1c1
had
C0111e
frolll
Uolland withtheintention of
seeking
some
C0ll11110n
basis
i ~ l 1 e
 
essentials
of
the Church,
on whiçh tllOse
holding
the new )()si8m
Illight
continue
ta work
together
with
the General Church.
J-Je
realized,
however,
that the doctrinal
differenccs
het\Veen
us
were
very
great,
and
incleecl
essential.
This
fact, ancl
the
con
sequent
difficulty
of finding
a
C01111110n
hasis
had
been elllphasizcdin
his
minci by his
personal
conversations
with
J
lishop de Charllls
and
with
Bishop
Acton.
Bishop
de
Channs
had
told
him
that
the only basis
for a
COIll
Illon undcrstanc1ing anel
for
cooperation were
the
~ a i n
 
teachingsof
the
\iVritings,
and that
if
the
'uel lTlents
) l " o n ~ n ~ e c 1
 
over
the
opponents
of
the new
position, of which also
this
latest
Sixth
Fascicle
contained
Illanv exalllples. would
not
cease,
separation
-
._--
-
-
--
Jj
was
necessary.
He
had
replieel to
this
that
he
agreed
that
o n l Y ~ l c
 
plain
teachings
of
the
\1\
ritings
of
Swedenhorg
coutel be
the com-
mon
basis.
In
the
new
position
theyhad never
held
anythingcontrary
to
this.
nul
he helicved
that
the
J10ssibility
of
an
internai
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