Here's an interesting article in The Guardian thanks to a tip from a distinguished English Ordinariate priest. The writer is editor of The Tablet (a modernist, left-wing rag).
I'd suggest this is about more than money. It gives an intriguing insight into church politics, Benedict's vision of the church, his personal thinking, and the way he perceives Britain.
News of the donation came hard on the heels of a talk given by the papal nuncio to Britain to the bishops of England and Wales. You might expect a talk on the issues facing the church here would have focused on attendance of mass, priest shortages, and the response of English Catholics to the new version of the English mass, imposed by Rome and not exactly going down a storm in the parishes. Instead, top of the nuncio's agenda was the ordinariate.
Now if the man who is the pope's number one diplomat in the UK makes what is officially known as the personal ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, top of his agenda, you can take it as read that the message has come from on high and that it is seen as being of the utmost importance. And what Archbishop Antonio Menini said to the English and Welsh bishops was: "Do please continue to be generous in support of their endeavours." That's code for: "Knuckle under and make this work." And it wasn't the first time that the bishops got this message: Benedict urged them to be similarly enthused about the ordinariate during his final message to them at the end of his 2010 UK papal visit.
Read the whole story here.
Perhaps the Holy Father, having been informed of the mischief and villainy on this side of the Pond, may soon bring his will to bear on his disobedient and arrogant American bishops?
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