Bad news from Damian Thompson:
Tuesday, July 22, 2008, 06:18 PM GMT [General]
Miserable news. Last month, it emerged that the Archbishop of Liverpool, Patrick Kelly, was preparing to turn the ailing church of St Vincent de Paul, Toxteth – designed by Pugin – into Britain’s first parish dedicated to the traditional Latin Mass. At last, we all thought, a bishop who understands the Pope’s programme of renewal.
Not so fast. Archbishop Kelly has now told parishioners: "On Tuesday, 15 July, the proposal was presented, as Canon Law requires, to the Council of Priests. I have decided not to go ahead with the change that I proposed. Thank you for your courtesy and understanding, Please pray for me."
And that’s it: the Archbishop’s full explanation of why an exciting and imaginative scheme has been scrapped.
St Vincent’s, the work of Britain’s greatest Catholic neo-Gothic architect, has yet to be butchered and was therefore ideal for the older form of Mass. The plan also met the request by the Vatican that centrally located churches should be found for people who have requested the ancient liturgy. But the "Council of Priests", apparently, thought differently.
What a fiasco.
It is not known what the discussion was in the meeting between Archbp. Kelly and the priests.
I would remind pastors that, according to the provisions of Pope Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum, they don’t need the Archbishop’s permission to implement TLMs in their parishes.