20 April 2017

William Cardinal Allen ...

... is one of my favourite Cardinals. What a shame the Armada, perhaps the greatest Ecumenical venture ever planned, was unsuccessful! What a loss to the Ecclesia Cantuariensis!

In Westminster Cathedral, a large church in a Byzantine-derived style near Victoria Station, there are big brassy brass lists, dating from the pontificate of Cardinal Vaughan, erected to demonstrate the links of communio between successive Roman Pontiffs and the heads of the Catholic Church in England. (I have written about them before; my suspicion is that they are intended as an attempted counter-blast to Anglican claims of linear succession from S Augustine's quite successful little Church Plant from the Caelian Hill.)

What I want to know is: Why is Cardinal Allen not on that list?

Was he not appointed Head of the English Mission on September 18 1591 by Gregory XIV (an admirable pope who was a friend of S Philip Neri and of S Charles Borromeo, perpetuator of our own dear Cardinal Pole's Counter-Reformation).
 

What has the Ecclesia Westmonasteriensis got against William Allen? Or against Gregory XIV?

Was Vaughan in Lord Burley's pay?

A toast to the Glorious Memories of Popes Gregory XIV, Benedict XIV, and Clement XIV! And of William Cardinal Allen!!

6 comments:

1569 Rising said...

His family's shield/coat of arms of the three white rabbits (coneys ?) was and is an integral part of the arms of my own Alma Mater at Ushaw. His foundation of Douai College, from which Ushaw emerged in 1800, was always remembered with great affection. Wed always wondered why he was never considered for beatification let alone canonisation.

Terry Middleton

Pelerin said...

Interesting point although I am ashamed to say I had never noticed the omission on the brass plate. I hope someone comes up with the answer.

I presume Allen Hall Seminary in London is named after Cardinal Allen. It was amusing to see it named as Alien Hall on one of the London tourist websites!

Patrick Sheridan said...

Strengthen the hands of our gracious Sovereign Queen ELIZABETH, and all that are put in authority under her, with judgement and justice, to cut off all such workers of iniquity, as turn Religion into Rebellion, and Faith into Faction; that they may never prevail against us, nor triumph in the ruin of thy Church among us: but that our gracious Sovereign and her Realms, being preserved in thy true Religion, and by thy merciful goodness protected in the same, we may all duly serve thee, and give thee thanks in thy holy Congregation, through Our LORD Jesus Christ thy Son, Who Livest and Reignest with Thee in the Unity of the Holy Ghost, One God, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Albrecht von Brandenburg said...

Let it not be forgotten that he was a canon of York Minster - perhaps some of the old York ritual survived the Sarum onslaught, and he participated in it liturgically.

Hannes said...

That previous article on the brass memorial seems to be deleted. A posting from the end of August 2015 refers to it and states a precise title and date - and there is nothing with that title or date ...

Sadie Vacantist said...

Speaking as a former resident of Westminster diocese, Allen Hall always struck me as an extravagance. Shut it down and go back to the continent where there is more value and better food.