I need your help with this ... A little while ago, a kind friend gave me a full-size Sarum Missal. I'd better not tell you who it was because you might all start banging on his door demanding a copy for your greedy selves.
I have now embellished it with tabs and ribbons extracted ('harvested' is the term the Organ Transplant Community would use) from a quaint old 1970s volume called "The Sacramentary". So it is now (what that strange and really rather sinister Mr Johnson, our equivalent of Trump, would call) "oven-ready".
But is it OK for me to use it? I would like to do so this week because it would give me a chance to say those ancient Propers for the Sunday Next Before Advent which I explained to you last Saturday and Sunday. (You must remember, Austin Ivereigh, that I am only a convert, so I am a bit vague about all this sort of stuff.)
Accordingly, I turned to the Missal I currently normally use each morning, because in the front it has a perfectly splendid Bull of S Pius V, the Hero of Lepanto. It is called Quo primum and dated 1570. I read it carefully and discovered that the Pontiff strictly ordered that those possessing a Use more than two centuries old should, must, continue to use that. The only exception he allowed was if a Bishop, with the consent of his entire Chapter, desired to convert to the 1570 book.
Now, this is where I need your assistance.
(1) Which English diocesan bishops, who canonically held their sees in January 1559, were still alive in 1570 and had not formally resigned those sees?
(2) Which of those bishops did summon their entire Chapters and secure from them a unanimous vote to abandon Sarum (or York or Hereford ...) and to change over to the 1570 book?
(3) Since 1850, have any bishops of the Pio Nono hierarchy, cum universo Capitulo, performed these necessary formalities?
[(4) Purely out of curiosity, I wonder if the Old Chapter of the English Secular Clergy ever had this on its Agenda.]
Of course, I need to have this large body of information back from you (as I once heard one of our delightful Oxford Pakistani taxi-drivers say) "pretty damn' quick" (very Huree Jamset, don't you think?).