As far as The Tablet is concerned I believe it should be erased. It might be Abp Nichols agrees. Damian Thompson reports that Bishop Hopes has written on the Tablets gloss on the Archbishop's preface to the LMS's conference booklet, saying:
[The Archbishop] is not ‘seeking to nip potential schism in the bud’ or suggesting that the place of the Tridentine Rite is ‘necessarily marginal’ …
And, regarding the Tablet’s implication that the Archbishop shares its view that worshippers at the older Mass do not participate:
… ‘active participation’ has always been understood to be internal and external. To reduce participation to solely external signs is both a simplification and a misguided attack in the ‘culture wars’ you seek to avoid.”
It’s no secret that the Tablet didn’t want Vincent Nichols to become Archbishop of Westminster. Now that he’s got the job, it’s continuing to pick fights and play juvenile tricks on him. Way to go, Ma.
Now hasn't the Pill been suggesting the American Bishop's should ditch the Church's opposition to abortion and infanticide and support Obama's healthcare bill? They shouldn't be allowed to get away with that, either.
Fr John Boyle reproduces Bishop Hopes' letter.