Today's Feast of S John, restored to the Ordinariate Calendar after falling foul of the 'reformers', marks, of course, the beginning of the series of secret meetings (literally underground) which led to the start of the Ordinariate of our Lady of Walsingham. I send fraternal greetings to any member of that select (fewer than a hundred) and unique priestly group, who happens to be reading this. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!
Nor do I forget the priests' wives who sustained and supported this process. Stong, sensible, orthodox, resolute women. Did ever priests' wives play such a decisive role before in the history of the Latin Church?