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Few priests, dull bishops and famous laymen

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Andrew Brown has suggested that the Pope’s visit to Britain will underline the decline of the Church of England. His key comment:

We’re going to hear a lot, in the coming year, from Catholic laity claiming that this visit will demonstrate who is Top Church; and Catholic clergy denying that the thought had ever crossed their minds, or could, in a way that makes it quite clear that they believe it too. And there will be a great deal more, louder, and self-confident atheist protest than there was last time. But I think that all parties will be disappointed. The atheists will be shocked by the degree of public interest in the spectacle and by the persistence and vigour of Catholic intellectual life. The Anglicans will look, and feel, amateurish by contrast. And the Catholics, when the shouting and the tumult has receded, will still have far too few priests, dull bishops, and as their most famous layman, Tony Blair.

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Written by Luke Coppen

September 25, 2009 at 12:06 pm

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  1. And one other thing might happen. The question of the Latin Mass might be vocalised and debated, while the Pope is here, as a way of winkling out those within the Church who were/are resistant to the changes.

    Vincenze

    September 25, 2009 at 2:08 pm


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