Editor of The Tablet on Papal Donation

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?

Author: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organized the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. He is also the CEO of Three Fish Consulting, LLC, an Information Technology consultancy based in Orlando, FL. He can be reached via email at ccampbell at threefish dot co.

3 thoughts on “Editor of The Tablet on Papal Donation”

  1. This is a profoundly musical pope, after all, who was enraptured by Anglican liturgy when he visited Westminster Abbey during his papal visit to Britain, and has since then developed a taste for CDs of its choral music.
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    What the pope witnessed and heard at Westminster Abbey and what he hears on his CDs was also what Pope Paul VI too was fond of in Anglican choral music, and often played records and tapes containing a whole range of traditional CofE choral music. This isn't the tradition of most Anglican churches today, anywhere in the Anglican communion and is becoming less so. It certainly won't be found in the parishes of his Ordinariate.

    I suspect the reluctance of the UK bishops to embrace the Ordinariate with the enthusiasm the Holy See wants isn't unique to the British hierarchy. Most bishops of the English speaking world aren't all that enamored with the idea either. They never were, nor were they particularly quick to implement "Summorum Pontificum" either.

    Friends of mine close to the USCCB headquarters in Washington keep telling me most bishops are simply biding their time until Pope Benedict is no longer with us. Until such time, they basically provide lip service.

    One has to wonder what they're telling the Holy Father in their ad limina visits when asked whether they're fully supporting the Ordinariate and implementing the provisions of "Summorum Pontificum", and what steps they're taking to implement it. Here we may be seeing some fancy foot work and a lot of humming and hawing occurring.

    I'd love to be there for when the Holy Father asks a visiting bishop.

    1. "It certainly won't be found in the parishes of his Ordinariate."

      On the contrary, already established Anglican Use parishes have an impressive musical program, convering the whole range of Anglican church music (from Merbecke to Howells, from Sung Eucharist to Solemn Evensong). 3 of them have even a treble/children choir. A choir is among the first things a newly established ordinariate community (cf. St Thomas of Canterbury Wash. DC) is setting up.
      Music in ordinariate churches is already, and will become more and more, far superior to the usual "music" heard in most RC churches.

      + PAX et BONUM

    2. Not only does the Holy Father listen to CDs of the Westminster Abbey Choir, they are going to sing in St Peters for the Papal Mass on the Solemnity of SS Peter & Paul – meanwhile he has sent the Sistine Choir to Westminster Cathedral for a tutorial.

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