Friday, January 15, 2010
England the Black Hole
I was a little surprised that three or four Curial officials implied or said outright dealing with the English heirarchy was incredibly difficult, much more difficult than most of the worlds heirarchies.
One conversation contained the following rant... "We write gentle letters, they ignore them". "We insist more strongly, they acknowledge receipt of the letter but we hear nothing more". "We press for the resolution of a matter, they respond by saying they will be brought it to the attention of the relevant Bishop's Conference or Diocesan Committee." "We ask 6 months, a year later, if the matter has been dealt with, invariable the response is, "not yet", it goes on and on".
"England and Wales" , someone else said, "is the black hole".
"Does the Pope know that?" I asked.
I got wry smile, "As Prefect, he spent 20 years waiting for England and Wales to respond to him, suffering the same frustration as the rest of us, maybe now he is Pope, finally...., but then he is only Pope".
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