26 December 2016

Sancte Stephane ...

... Ora pro nobis. Pray for the great number of Catholic priests in full communion with the See of S Peter whose priesthood was formed at S Stephen's House; when it was on the site of what we are now supposd to call the Weston Library alias the New Bod; later in Norham Gardens; and, more recently, along the Iffley Road. If the influx of former Anglican clergy both before and after the vote of 1992 has brought things of value into the Catholic Church, to a large degree that must represent the sound liturgical spirit and the traditions of focussed clerical professionalism inculcated at Staggers ... not for us the cheerful undoctrinal amateurism which Anglican seminarians imbibed in some other places!  (I intend no sneers at some of the dear old 'Cathedral Close' seminaries, such as Chichester. But Staggers' independance of that ethos enabled its thoroughly ultramontane Romanita. Nowadays, of course, many ... most? ... Anglican clergy pick up what little they do pick up at multi-denominational non-residential 'Ministerial Training Courses' which are far from the ethos devised by Cardinal Pole and put into place by the Council of Trent.)

And pray for the repose of the souls of the departed: not least of Arthur Couratin, priest; of Derek Allen, priest.

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