At the end of today`s Mass for the consecration of our new bishop, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O`Connor got up to say a few words in the course of which he said: " When I became archbishop of Canterbury..." Is this a new twist to the never ending tale of Westminster?
We had a beautiful day for the whole event. However I`m scouring the internet to find an image of bishop Cunningham as from my place in the cathedral I couldn`t see him nor the altar or anything apart from the backs of a few eminent churchmen. It was also difficult to make out individual speakers. It was good to sing the Veni Creator and Te Deum in the original. The ordinary was to a setting by Joncas.
Here`s a bit of video from yesterday courtesy of the Newcastle Journal. Fr Peter Stott, the diocesan chancellor, gets a major role.
So, we've got it all wrong. It's a successor to Rowan Williams that Rome is looking for, and I thought the new Archbishop was going to be a Catholic. Archbishop Nichols,(or whoever Paddy Power has as current favourite) can take Canterbury, and I suppose Dr John Sentanu could get Westminster. We live in interesting times.
The Iman of the Newcastle Mosque could always fill in at Forest Hall, how's your Arabic, Father?
There are some good photos that have now been posted on the diocesan web site Father.
A cleric of the diocese has some good ones up on Facebook.
Thanks Berenike, I saw those on Facebook: they are the ones now on the diocesan website.
In line with St Wilfrids Anniversary, here's the Bishop-to-Be in St Wilfred's crypt at Hexham Abbey
Hurrah! I wonder if we`ll hear anything about Wilfrid this year then?
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