LIBERA ME, Domine, Iesu Christe, ab omnibus iniquitatis meis et universis malis,
fac me tuis semper inhærere mandatis et a te numquam separari permittas. Amen.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Ubi Caritas ?

As you know, I’m a convert; and many of my friends are still in the Church of England.

Because of that, today’s statement from the ‘Catholic Group’ members of the Revision Committee of the General Synod dealing with preparing draft legislation for the Consecration of Women Bishops is a painful and poignant one; even if it is what I have feared every since the original motion was passed – and it will leave most of my friends, and many other members of the Church of England, in a dreadful quandary.

Why do I mention it ? Well, because I think that it is utterly shameful that a Church can be so fundamentally dishonest, and so lacking in that greatest of all virtues - Charity.

If there are those who believe women can be raised to the episcopate, and if they want this done, then so be it : but I do not see how they can also believe that it is right and proper, still less Christian, to treat their brothers and sisters in Christ in this way.

If those opposed to the Ordination and Consecration of Women fought vociferously not only to have these things stopped, but also to penalise those who believed them, then they would be no better; but they don’t – they merely claim, assertively but peacefully, their right to have their religious integrity respected.

It appears that those in favour of this change apparently have no such Christian Charity.

I’d like to think that an appeal to their consciences and their better feelings would work : but I’m afraid I have my doubts. All I can say to my friends is that I will pray that the Holy Spirit may guide all concerned; and in particular that those supporting the innovation will remember that one day they will have to stand before the Lord, and answer for the anguish they are now causing, so if they cannot have compassion, will at least show a little mercy.

I ask my Catholic friends, followers, and readers to pray for all those in the Church of England suffering in this way.


  1. Oh, but it comes as a great relief. I only wish they would remove all the pretended safeguards (which are nothing but window dressing) and get on with a one-clause measure to consecrate women. Then we can gather up many more to join us in the Ordinariate. Thanks for your prayers, though. +Edwin

  2. Dear Bishop Edwin;
    all I can say is that when you do come home, you will be warmly welcomed - and many old and familiar faces will pop out from behind pillars !
    You are all in our prayers.

  3. I agree with Bishop Edwin. Those with working lives ahead need to move on. However, there will be the fear that years have been wasted. The then Master of the society of the Holy Cross said to me in the early 1990s :" the game's up; the party's over." I just hope the English hierarchy will see that as the hitoric realignment and fulfillment of the Oxford Movement it can be.