7 June 2011

Letters from a 77 year-old Archbishop

Archbishop Conti of Glasgow's time is running out. He's more than two years past the age for offering his resignation and it won't be long before his ability to write letters to his clergy will once and for all be a thing of the past.

That will be a very good thing because, as Damian Thompson pointed out in 2007 and recently, Archbishop Conti has written letters about the traditional rites that are a pastoral disgrace and a travesty when compared to the spirit and letter of Summorum Pontificum and Universae Ecclesiae.

Perhaps the good Archbishop is worried that unless he stamps out interest in the old liturgy before he retires, it might survive him? Perhaps he is worried that the modern rites he is so personally attached to might not hold their own if people are allowed to experience the older ones freely?

If so Your Excellency, the Pimpernel agrees. You are right to be worried. He also wishes you a happy retirement. Soon.

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