I have to pull myself away from fighting for truth, justice and the American Way.
Not since Lend Lease has it been so necessary for us Yanks to send help to Ol’ Blighty.
I’ll share the parish priest’s (USA: pastor’s) blurb on the front of the bulletin:
A Call to Action (A.C.T.A).
A simple movement to keep alive within the Church of England and Wales the vision and spirit of Vatican 2. It has been growing momentum over the past twelve months, and its aim is to support the Bishops who are still hard at work implementing Vatican 2. Unfortunately many of the aberrations are becoming the rule – e.g. Family Sunday Mass is in the extraordinary form and in Latin – you must kneel for communion – no communion in the hand – even you must go to Confession before receiving communion. [Confession before Communion?!? The horror!] There is an open meeting on Saturday 28 September from 2 till 5 at the Sacred Heart Church, Caterham and the guest speaker will be Fr. Tom O’Loughlin – a priest of our diocese who has a degree in liturgy and is in the Theology Department at Nottingham University. Go along to hear more and make your views known. [YES! Do.] The Arundel and Brighton group of A.C.T.A would like to listen to what you have to say.
The “Father John” in question is Fr. John Olliver.
This is, in part, an attack on good priests such as Fr. Ray Blake, Fr. Olliver’s diocesan brother.
Where were these guys when Benedict was Pope? All this courage … now? Where were they when the Soho Masses were being shut down? Where were they when Bp. Davies and Bp. Egan were being appointed?
Now that Benedict is gone, they are jumping up and waving their arms around.
Courage such as this we haven’t seen since The Bench sided with Henry VIII.
My note to Fr. Olliver: The “Church of England” already exists as a separate entity. They pretty much own the name. How ’bout letting them keep it?
But since your heart seems to be over there, perhaps you could take the rest of yourself along.