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The Original Columban Church up to the Abbotship of Adamnan and ----

The Spirituality and Politics of Present Day Europe .

( There is a link to a dedicated reference page at the foot of this Witness).

Please refer also to a comparison of Columba's church and the pre-existing Celtic Church Spiritual founded by Ninian. This is located in "The Bride" section of this site. Click on The Bride element of the navigation bar at the top of this and every page of this website. Scroll down a little to the hypertext menu and select item No.1 - "Pictish Spiritual and Scotic Chucrhes."


 In Christ's Name, and therefore in the Gift of Grace alone - Amen.   

(Amen throughout having the meaning - The Lord's Will Be.)

 None of what follows is stated emotively or in judgement. Facts are stated and what cannot be confirmed as fact is thus described.

 The saying "history repeats itself" personifies history and causes us to reflect upon the influence of humankind therein. We are then presented with the question   -- and what of God?


In the context of the Spiritual and hence political struggle in Columba's time and subsequently between Iona and Rome it is essential to reflect upon the imperative therein for today. Let us as a Community learn from hindsight as a Blessing for the future as God intends through the hand of humankind.


The purpose of this particular Witness is to enable those of us as so choose to briefly research these matters for ourselves in order that we may discern, and thus understand when the changes come. In other words to enable us as "the people in common-unity to decide" and thus regain our Sovereignty of Scotia as servants to the wider community of humanity . With this in mind this second "Current Issue" sets out some facts; gives some associated references two of which are fully available on the Web; and poses some related questions to The Iona Community. A manifesto in the form of a retrospective, yet still current personal statement is given after the Witness of which it is not therefore a part.


Ecumenism - what did it mean to Columba, what does it mean today? All denominations of the Christian religion (as distinct from faith) in Britain presumably hold the Columban Church in high regard and find no fault with it. Yet today we cannot agree amongst ourselves as to how to be "one". One reason for this is surely that the regard expressed by   one or more of the present day denominations for the Columban Church has to be examined in an historical context. In other words, do all denominations express a regard for the same Columban Church, bearing in mind that its Spirituality is reported in some accounts to have changed markedlyfrom the time of Adamnan up to its dis-establishment by The Synod of Whitby in 644.AD. In this regard the present day Roman Catholic Church sets itself apart by introducing firstly a dichotomy and secondly, a European wide context in the wording of the papal encyclical on ecumenism Ut unum sint "So THEY may be one", as distinct from so WE may be one. Some questions therefore arise :-

  • Is there a Celtic Church Spiritual today. Could there be, should there be, need there be?
  • To what extent has the doctrine of the Roman Church changed since Columba's time?
  • In the context of a Federal Europe, what is the likelihood of a European Federal Church in Britain?
  • What would its relationship be to the Vatican (political) State, and thus its politics?
  • In relation to the three previous questions what is the relevance of "the sovereignty of the people" in The Iona Community;Scotia; and this dis-united Kingdom?
  • What is the sovereignty of the people, is it of the head or Heart? Is it presently voiced in the Iona Community; Council Chambers; Church temporal, and either Parliament?
  • If so,to what extent is it heard? If it is not heard, then by definition it is not sovereignty.




Let us consider firstly The Church of Columba, and then Columba's politics. Having done so we can reflect upon the Spiritual Unitybetween each in Columba's time. From the considerable literature on   Columba; St.Ninian; the Scots; the Picts and Britons it can be readily established that a large part of Caledonia was already Christian well before Columba's time. What then of Columba's mission? Firstly to convert the Picts west of Drum Alban, the mountainous barrier between east and west Caledonia. Secondly to plant a Monarchy in the Dalriada of the Scots in Caledonia.


This Monarchy was the Blessing of the entire U.K. through Kenneth MacAlpin and ultimately James the Sixth of Scotland and First of England. MacAlpin united the Scots and Pictish nations, he did not however unite the two very different churches. Long before MacAlpins time the original Columban Church had all but ceased to exist having been dis-established at The Synod of Whitby in 644 with the assent of the Pictish King Nectan in favour of the Church of Rome from which it had always been Spiritually if not politically independent. It was however the true Catholic Church. Its Spiritual and political "lineage" was that of Martin of Tours, St. Ninian, andSt. Patrick to Columba.


The Monarchy planted by Columba is of great antiquity going back through the annals of the Irish Dalriadian Court. Our own Declaration of Arbroath confirms the Sovereignty of the people, and the Monarch as King or Queen of Scots as distinct from Scotland. The full details of these historical facts can be read in the references given in the attached "References Page", two of which are accessible on line with the given hypertext link. The chapter summaries alone, listed as one page in one of the references make compelling reading. Any reference to the region of "Scythia" is taken by the writer to be that of ancient Denmark and not to any mythological Queen Scota etc


The significance of one group of the Scythian peoples lies in their antiquity and identity and hence their association with Monarchy which brings us up to the moment in these isles with the Fabian Society which is closely linked to New Labour. This would have us,the people, dis-establish temporal Monarchy. In these times we must reflect upon what temporal monarchy represents and therefore to whom it is accountable. Within the framework of the repetition of history and in the context of the politics of present day Europe the following summary is our focal issue as individual and collective stewards of The Community intended to represent The Church of Scotia, that is of Columba, Ninian, and Moluag. It describes the past / present, and Spiritual / temporal predicament of Scotia relative to Europe. Some writers contradict each other, some points cannot be proven. We must however through individual prayer come to a conclusion as a basis for action, as to do nothing of substance --   is to act! It is confirmed however that   "Current Issue No.1" remains extant, and therefore requires to be addressed in the first instance.


In common-unity, are we to apprehend the Spirituality of The Columban Church as distinct from seeking (at all) to rediscover; comprehend; possess, or otherwise attempt to dictate or manipulate Holy Spirit? If so, we must first ask the question of ourselvesindividually and collectively - Is Spirituality lost, or are we? If the latter, are we to re-discover ourselves by saying individually or collectively "I'm going this way" (consciously or otherwise) and expect Spirituality to follow in our wake?


This paragraph is written in friendship. The response to this entire Witness to all members and associates of The Iona Community individually and collectively to date has been silence. The exceptions being four or five brief   "complaints" which made no specific or substantive points, some requesting anonymity This silence if of the graveyard. There is no hiding place in The Garden. To hide in silence is to give cognizance to a battle. As Peace is within, so also are all battles - any other perception is the illusion of Maya. Yet-- still; in the midst of silence - Silence reigns. Amen.


Many are the perspectives in the literature on Columba and his Church. Few, enter into a detailed discussion of the relationship if anybetween Columba and the King. Columba's role as a King maker and his own royal blood are referred to. What however was his Spiritual relationship to Kingship? To answer this we must consider the nature of Monarchy from Melchizedek to Prince Charles - from Columba to the pope! If indeed history does repeat itself as was stated at the start of this Witness, then we must conclude for the moment by asking:-


                                                                                     What of the once and future King?




Summary Points .


The Past


  • Doctrine and organization of Columban Church separate from Rome. No Mariolity or acceptance of  Papal infallibility.. Neither of these terms are used emotively. They refer to the error of acknowledging the deceit of the apparnet supremacy of both individuals over Christ Jesus. The . Abbot or Presbyter was independent of Rome./ Different date for Easter/ Sabbath was Saturday, the seventh day of the week/ no transubstantiation 12 th century introduction by French monk/ no Roman tonsure.
  • Said to have practised absolution by the priest. This, together with salvation by good works (penance)   is not Scriptural.
  • Dis-establishment of the Columban Church by The Synod of Whitby in 644
  • Declaration of Arbroath (1320) as Spiritual declaration by the people of the sovereignty of the people represented by the Monarch who could be discharged by the people's Sovereignty.
  • Scythians root race of Scots and Picts. (please see reference page for C.I. No2, - hyperlink at foot of this present page)
  • Roman invasion of Britain.
  • 200 years subsequent to MacAlpin to unite the two very different Caledonian Christian churches.
  • Queen Margaret attempts to finally rid Scotland of the Culdees of the Pictish (or Columban?) Church.
  • First crusades reported to have been waged against Culdees in Alpine Europe.
  • Culdees in St. Andrews up to the time of The Reformation.


The Present


  • Unless the Roman doctrine of claimed papal infallibility is specifically and publically retracted it remains the basis of the lie of claimed human Divinity. Divinity has no need to claim, indeed The Prodigal cannot claim his / her inheritance - its return is a gift. Amen. The very act of claiming establishes the absence of Divinity.
  • Salvation by good works (penance) and absolution of one human being by another even by association; and especially in a direct lineage of claimed authority to a human being claiming Divinity.
  • Referring to the first bullet point in the Spiritual section above, no significant change in the doctrine of the Roman Church has occurred since Columba's time.
  • Sceptre removed from present day temporal Monarchy of Britain. This may be seen as opinion. So be it.


  • European Commission of unelected bureaucrats.   What are Religious affinities thereof individually and collectively, and the ratios of each therein? This Commission   virtually decides upon everything from "warfare to welfare, from taxes to treaties" with the European Parliament mostly as a sounding board.
  • The proposed European constitution may not be subject to a referendum in Britain. A last minute additional clause states that future amendments to this constitution will be made without any consultation with individual nation states. This is the foundation of temporal world government which is anathema to the governance of The Monarchy of The Christ.
  • E.U. "dic-tats" of which there are about ninety per week have already focused upon the need to monitor the activities of   religious "sects" ie non mainstream churches. The Iona Community could credibly be so classified. This together with a European wide policing and the abolition of trial by jury should cause concern in the Community -- NOW!
  • Within Scotland there are those who "do not believe in referenda in any circumstances". At least one member of the clergy holds this view --   and this within The Iona Community. At a time when our future constitution has been drafted by a French national!
  • Powers and Principalities operating through the body politic manifesting as:- New Labour's: Spin ie (lies). Non accountability / unelected advisors chairing government committees / arrogance / and leverage on Monarchy. Democracy could be said to be   dis-enfranchised by UK party politics. What then of Europe!
  • Tony Blair's possible future in Europe on present record of deceit / Likelihood of European Federal Church?
The Importance of Sovereignty

Sovereignty arises from identity and thus ultimately from the Will of God as The All , in All. Amen. Identity is the determinant of will in both God and human. The first Divine, the second temporal. To lose identity is therefore to lose the faculty of will and thus the Blessing of God's purpose intended through us all as so choose (having been chosen) individually or as a community of individuals. To deny our true identity is to lose it. Is identity an "it"? To lose our identity is to become part of someone elses identity and thus their purpose, consciously or otherwise.

This is what happened to Columba's Church. The leader, be it Adamnan or a later successor of Columba failed to Witness as Truthand thus lost the true identity of The Christ. Similarly the community failed to Witness before the apostate leader and thus the Columban Church lost its Spiritual identity and became part of the identity and purpose of another.




Summative Statement .


These Isles of Britain have experienced two Roman invasions. The first by Rome's military, the second by the Roman Church headed by St. Augustine. Scotland had long since been led to the true Catholic Faith as distinct from the   Roman Catholic Religion by Ninian and his predecessors. The fact of The Synod of Whitby bears witness to this invasion of stealth as far as Columba's Church was concerned.   Now we are experiencing the invasion of the Roman body politic in the form of the proposed (act of) Federation of   Europe. Despite the expanse of time between these invasions and their apparently different forms - THEY are one! Again this may be seen as opinion.


Regarding the Romanisation of the Christian Church in Dalriada, and Caledonia there are contradictory accounts in the copious medieval and nineteenth century literature.   Please see the detailed references and comments in the references page associated with this present Current Issue. There is a link below . Some would have it that the Columban Church was Romanised in the time of Adamnan, others that the Pictish Christian Church was first to be Romanised under King Nechtan . Either way it is a fact that it took some two hundred years after the time of Kenneth MacAlpin to unite the two churches of Scotland with Dunkeld   as its centre. United they ultimately were as The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland until The Reformation. Some say a harsh cure not to avoid or evade an even more harsh alternative - but an opportunity to learn from our mistakes. The time to apply this learning has now come upon us.


Perhaps the clergy of all denominations within The Iona Community may care to resolve these issues for us, or the Community's historian? When such an exercise is put in hand it will be useful to recall that Columba as an indepent Abbot had no need of ecumenism - the word did not exist there was no need of it.   Neither was there worship of any human being. Worship being defined as the acknowledgement of supremacy. 

Personal Statement

  • I have been married to my Roman Catholic wife for thirty two years and have two Catholic sons.
  • I was an elder in the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh for eight years or so, until about four years ago.
  • I am no longer a member of any denomination of the church temporal. Amen
  • I stood as the Referendum Party candidate for Edinburgh South in the 1997 General Election during which time I learned a great deal first hand about The Powers and Principalities of Europe. Ninety percent of all constituencies in Britain had a Referendum candidate. The exceptions being those in which the sitting candidate had a track record of support for a referendum on the continued deepening membership of the E.U.   - and that was six years ago!
  • I am employed by The Wind of Change in the resurrection of The Church Without Walls as an earnest of Christ's Politic of Unity, as distinct from man's religion of ecumenism. Amen.


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