To my mind the biggest concern is the fact that chairs are facing AWAY from the tabernacle. I realise that the Blessed Sacrament is no longer reserved but wonder whether this was the situation prior to closure
The first picture is of St Aloysius' Chapel in the Junior House. It seems to have been tidied up since the last lot of pictures were taken a couple of years ago.Still difficult to look at without a sense of despair - is it symbolic of the stste of the Church in E&W? The Bishop of Lancaster would seem to think so!
It is heartbreaking to see so empty such a wonderful building -a building which has seen the training of numerous priests, a good handful of Bishops and even of Cardinals, including Merry DelVal who passed a cassock of Pope st Pius X to the keeping of this seminary. I suspect the closure of Ushaw, the closure of the Carmel and the Convent of the Poor Clares from Darlington, has to do with the very unsucessful attempts to educate Catholics in schools and Seminaries in a new way post 1965. The Bishop of Lancaster has hit the nail on the head. We now need to see catechetical resources which profess the Faith proudly and without ambiguity; texts which not only say what we believe but why.
Whilst agreeing wholeheartedly with Fr Gary we must ensure that such financial input towards proper catechisis is not channelled into places such as our 'Yoof Village'. Having spoken to Catholic young people who have been there they seemed to gain nothing from the experience to strengthen their CATHOLIC faith. I know that my comments in Northern Cross in 2011 on the subject of the waste of resources there was met with a distinct distaste but mainly by education 'professionals' who should know better but who have been brainwashed to accept this watering down of real Catholicism.
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