Over a The Daily Telegraph, Damian Thompson has an article which is going to irritate not a few people there on the sceptr’d isle.
Here is a taste but you need to go read it yourself:
The 80-year-old Pontiff is planning a purification of the Roman liturgy in which decades of trendy innovations will be swept away. This recovery of the sacred is intended to draw Catholics closer to the Orthodox and ultimately to heal the 1,000 year Great Schism. But it is also designed to attract vast numbers of conservative Anglicans, who will be offered the protection of the Holy Father if they covert en masse.
The liberal cardinals don’t like the sound of it at all.
Ever since the shock of Benedict’s election, they have been waiting for him to show his hand. Now that he has, the resistance has begun in earnest – and the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, is in the thick of it.
Thompson gives his opinion about How Card. Murphy-O’Connor is actively fighting the Holy Father at the level of the liturgy.
Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor was most displeased. Last week, he hit back with a "commentary" on Summorum Pontificum.
A few years ago the ploy might have worked. But news travels fast in the traditionalist blogosphere, and these tactics have been brought to the attention of papal advisers. [They cannot hide.]
Thompson then goes after the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, "which spends most of its time promoting the sort of ecumenical waffle that Benedict abhors."
Thompson got his machete out for this one and just about anyone involved in the issue of the return of Anglicans to communion with Rome get’s attention.