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Mgr Graham Leonard RIP

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Mgr Graham Leonard, the former Anglican Bishop of London, who was received into the Catholic Church in 1994, has died.

My colleague, Damian Thompson, comments:

Mgr Leonard, 87, was a formidable and dignified champion of the Anglo-Catholic cause in the Church of England; when he converted to Catholicism after the vote to ordain women priests, he was ordained priest conditionally, having persuaded the Vatican that he might already possess valid orders by virtue of an Old Catholic apostolic succession.

Mgr Leonard had originally hoped that he could bring with him Anglican priests and faithful who could worship together after their reception; as it turned out, the time was not yet ripe. But it is now. The Ordinariate scheme, currently taking shape, will be a fitting memorial to this inspiring priest.

I was once had the privilege of hearing him preach. His homily sounded like something Newman might have preached: it was literate, beautiful and deeply theological. He will be missed.


Written by Luke Coppen

January 6, 2010 at 1:30 pm

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  1. Memoir: former Anglican bishop Graham Leonard…

    I’ve just seen the news of the death of Graham Leonard, the former Anglican bishop who became a Roman Catholic priest. Ruth Gledhill – Times Online: RIP Father Graham Leonard: Monsignor Graham Leonard, former Bishop of London who converted …


    January 7, 2010 at 5:25 am

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