Westminster Cathedral, England: Plenary Indulgence during Week of Christian Unity

This just in:

His Eminence Cormac Card. Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, announced that the faithful may obtain a Plenary Indulgence in the Year of St. Paul by attending Mass at Westminster Cathedral either during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, beginning Sunday, closing on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, 25 January.

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  1. James Isabella says:

    Isn’t it a bit ironic that one can obtain an indulgence during the week of Christian unity? :)

    One of the very things that Luther found so difficult about Catholic teaching that ultimately lead him astray.

    Perhaps the Cardinal should issue an explanation of what an Indulence is, in the proper sense. Maybe we can get a couple of our Lutheran brothers and sisters in the Lord to take advantage of it. Wouldn’t that be a great sign toward Christian unity!

  2. Simon Platt says:

    …but presumably, James, our “separated brethren” would not be able to fulfil the conditions. At least I hope not.

    But having just written that last sentence I realise the loss incurred by the holy souls. Although it does seem odd at first hearing that this indulgence is attached to this particular time it is perhaps a particularly apposite occasion. We should indeed be encouraging protestants to be reconciled to the church in part so that they can avail themselves of spiritual benefits for themselves and for the holy souls.

    It would be a good thing for other dioceses to replicate. Sadly, I can report:

    Your search – indulgence site:lancasterdiocese.org.uk – did not match any documents.

  3. Woody Jones says:

    Incidentally, Father, Damian is reporting that the successor at Westminster may very well be Bishop Malcolm MacMahon of Nottingham:


    His Lordship was at the Merton TLM conference last Summer in England, to the great delight of all, as reported by HH:


  4. Woody Jones says:

    Sorry about the spacing; don’t know what happened.

  5. Jane Teresa says:

    Dear Woody,

    I just had to ask myself “what did that post really say?”.

    On first reading, “Incidentally, Father, Damian…”, scanned as “Incidentally, Father Damian”.

    I do not know quite what I would make of a Fr. Damian Thompson!

  6. Graham Lake says:

    I was surprised to hear that Damian Thompson has become a priest!

    What a good one he would be though!

  7. Berthold says:

    In a time when we watch denominations like the ‘Church’ of England fall into pieces it is really important to pray for the return of all to the flock entrusted to St Peter.
    What I find a bit absurd is that the Week of Christian Unity was originally celebrated between the Feasts of the Chair of St Peter in Rome (Jan 18) and that of the Conversion of St Paul (Jan 25). The wisdom of the 1950s decided that the former feast was unnecessary and removed from the calendar – so in the current liturgy this week lots its liturgical anchors!
    One can only hope that there will be a revision of quite a few of the Reforms leading up to the 1962 Missal, quite a few of them simple do not do much good.

  8. Woody Jones says:

    Can’t you see Damian wearing a biretta?

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