Monday, June 11, 2007
Searching for a Cardinal
Damian Thompson yesterday had an interesting article about the absence of Cardinal Murphy O`Connor from the premier of a new Mass setting by the pianist Stephen Hough which was sung at Westminster Cathedral yesterday. No doubt he`ll be there to hear the controversial performance of the Taverner setting of the 99 names of Allah on June 19th! However Ruth Gledhill in today`s Times has an article about the search for a successor to the Cardinal when he eventually steps down. It is interesting to note that Archbishop Kevin MacDonald is the joint favourite to succeed along with Archishop Vincent Nichols, according to Paddy Power. Well whatever happens I don`t suppose things will change much whoever gets chosen to manage our gentle decline. I can`t see us getting a Pell-like figure who might shake things up. However I did meet a priest last year from somewhere in the south who was convinced that we might get Pell himself in Westminster! That might be interesting.