Rodari on the new Archp. of Westminster

Damian reports that Rodari reports…. {whew! pant!}… that the next Archbishop of Westminster will be an auxiliary of the same, H.E. Most Rev. Bernard Longley, age 53

Damian reports that he is not a member of the "Magic Circle" and that he is friendly to the older form a Mass…  always a good sign that he has his head screwed on forward, instead of.. you know… the other way.

Rodari was right about Archbp. Dolan and NY.

Whomever the Pope chooses, let some healing begin.

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  1. JR says:

    From what I can see Damian Thompson has confidently predicted that everyone from the Loch Ness Monster to Elvis will be appointed.

    Why don’t we just all wait to see who is appointed before getting too excited.

  2. Andrew, UK and sometimes Canada says:

    Ruth Gledhill of The (once august) Times is picking up similar reports from Rodari. Interestingly, she notes that the Cong. for Bishops is meeting today to discuss the matter, NOT than the Pope had approved a choice. She also suggests that +Cormac’s presence in Rome this week might expediete administrative affairs, and thinks that an announcement will be made before the Papal Journey to Angola.

  3. Viking says:

    Lets hope that some group of liberal senior priests from the archdiocese don’t try to cook up some kind of a vote of no confidence in the new Archbishop if he turns out to be conservative. I still think Papa should strap on his (…) kicking boots and head on down to Linz, but then, that is why he is the Pope and I am not. The Holy Spirit is wise that way.

    I sometimes try to imagine a movie from the 50s with John Wayne as the Pope… [Excellent.]

  4. TJM says:

    Viking, I like that imagery! Tom

  5. wc says:

    You, seriously think if he’s that conservative CMOC would have appointed him as an assistant bishop in the first place.

  6. Athanasius says:

    Perhaps Fr. Finnigan is still in the running then?

  7. Graham says:

    In Great Britain we refer to Bishops as:-

    His Lordship – not His Excellency.

    We also state Rt Rev Bernard Longley – not Most Rev Bernard Longley.

    This is in keeping with the Hierarchy of the Church of England (Anglican) titles.

    In Great Britain we refer to Archbishops as:-

    His Grace – not His Excellency

    We state for Archbishops – Most Rev

    Again, is in keeping with the CoE.

    We address the Apostolic Nuncio (Archbishop) as His Excellency – as we do with all ambassadors resident in GB.

  8. Lee says:

    From a comment at Rodari’s site:

    Anonym ha scritto:

    marzo 12th, 2009 at 12:00 pm
    Dio, fà che sia lui…!


    Bishop Bernard Longley
    (posted on 24 February 2006)

    Bishop Bernard Longley was ordained Bishop and appointed as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Westminster, on 24th January 2003. He is assigned the titular see of Zarna. Bishop Longley is Head of the Diocesan Pastoral Board and has pastoral responsibilities for the Deaneries of Camden, Hackney, Islington, Marylebone, Tower Hamlets, and Westminster.

    Bishop Bernard Longley studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and New College, Oxford. He was ordained to the priesthood in December 1981 at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh and was assistant priest at St Joseph’s Epsom and Chaplain to Psychiatric Hospitals. In 1991, he was appointed Surrey Chairman of Diocesan Commission for Christian Unity and in 1996 became National Ecumenical Officer at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference. From 1987 to 1996 he was on the staff of St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, teaching dogmatic theology.

    In 1999 he was appointed Moderator of the Steering Committee of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and also Assistant General Secretary of Catholic Bishops’ Conference with responsibilities for Ecumenism and Inter Faith Affairs.

  9. Michael says:

    Viking —

    I’d love to hear Pope John (Wayne) say “your PILGRIM Church on Earth”.

  10. a monk says:

    I think we should wait and see. The bishop is an acquaintance of mine. He is a very fine man, and very priestly.

  11. Viking says:

    “A Pope’s got to do what a Pope’s got to do.”

  12. David, MI says:

    Did anyone hear what the National Catholic Register said about new Archbishop Dolan?
    It in a way I think degraded him as a modern liturgical same side of the fence, “cigar chomping back slapping” good fellow. The pictures are even super cheesy I think someone should find and post this for commenting. Especially can someone comment on the picture on the front cover.

    It is so weird the demeanor and attitudes that is like night and day in a most evident in the way traditional clergy from the thoughts of modern schools and disciplines in acting in an expression of there solemn dignity, as an expression there social and etiquette formation if any.

    This means no back slapping or “hardy har har” give me a hug after Mass. No more “I wear a suite because I am just like you guys. No more high fiving (mentioned in Adictle in question) machoness.

  13. Can someone explain what is meant by the “magic circle”. I’ve seen this in quite a few of DT’s pieces, but don’t wuite get it.

  14. gedsmk says:

    “Magic Circle” was a description invented by DT a while ago; it consists of bishops he has particular distaste for, particularly because they don’t jump to his tune.

  15. irishgirl says:

    Viking-I like your ‘John Wayne’ comparison!

    Has there been any ‘official’ announcement on the new Archbishop?

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