Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem
(Self-Styled under John Grady MD Grand Master)
It is a fact that in the historic Order of St John of Jerusalem was
granted by papal dispensation freedom from control by the local Bishops.
However this could not mean, the Order had freedom of control from the Papacy
- if the papacy giveth - the papacy can take away! The work of the Order's
historian Vertot is mentioned in Fr Wathen's book, and yet a thorough reading
of Vertot's history reveals that the papacy had ultimate control!
On page 70 of the same book, Wathen records that the Pichel "Order" (which he equates with the medieval historic Order) is;
"A canonically independent Order: In order that it might accomplish its work, the Popes in the first generations of the Order's existence lavishly endowed the Sovereign Order with many unique privileges, among the more notable of which is canonical immunity from the authority of local ordinaries (who are bishops usually).
This is precisely the course of action Fr. Wathen took. Under his
guidance the following Priories were set up:
Fr. Wathen had gained a very keen layman who supported the tridentine
Catholic cause - John Grady. In 1982, following the loss of Pichel and other
Leaders in the Shickshinny Order, who had been close to Fr. Wathen and
John Grady, Grady sought to create what would have been essentially an autonomous
branch of the Shickshinny Order, by way of a license to use the Corporation's
trademark (The Shickshinny Order had incorporate status from 1956). Although
this was refused, Grady continued independently and in 1991 the breach was
complete by Grady being elected the "75th Grand Master" and starting yet
another self-styled Order.
List of "Grand Masters" 01. John L. Grady 1991- Grand Master #2. NOTES: #1 This organisation seceded from the Shickshinny Order. #2 No further information has been researched since 2002.
The Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knights
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