It is the season for ordinations. I participated in one yesterday, as a matter of fact. However, the other day there was an ordination which I very much would like to have attended: Fr. John Hunwicke, a former Anglican priest, and engaging blogger, now a priest for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in England. I saw Fr. Hunwicke recently in London at a conference of the Latin Mass Society.
Here is a nice story about Fr. Hunwicke in the UK’s best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald HERE. It interesting that across the pond people are a bit more apt to use the term “blogger“. I believe this is a mark of the influence good blogs have among Catholics – at all levels of the hierarchy – in England. It is certainly the case in the USA that Catholic blogs now exercise influence, at times even persuasive force. It may be even more the case in England, since the Catholic population has a different identity. They are also a Church in transition.
Therefore, when it comes to bloggers and how to treat them, I am reminded of what Hamlet told Polonius about how treat the players when they came to Elsinore:
Good my lord, will you see the players well
bestowed? Do you hear, let them be well used; for
they are the abstract and brief chronicles of the
time: after your death you were better have a bad
epitaph than their ill report while you live.
I hope you will all with me wish Fr. Hunwicke all the best.
He is now a new kid on the block, as a Catholic priest and as a Catholic blogger.
Speaking of priests and Catholic bloggers, here is my good friend Fr. Tim Finigan laying hands on the ordinand:
And in case I have not said it recently enough…
Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian Unity.