Monday, October 31, 2011

Write in Praise of Good Priests

In the comments on the last post "Hughie" pointed out that a number of Scottish dioceses are going to become vacant soon, the same is true in England. What should one do? Write!
Write to the Congregation of Bishops
Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Palazzo delle Congregazioni, Piazza Pio XII, 10-00193 Roma,
Write to the Nuncio
The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, 54 Parkside, Wimbledon London SW19 5NE
Write in praise of good and faithful priests. The Holy See is always pleased to hear of men who would make good bishops. The one complaint I hear from priests in Roman dicasteries is that they hear too little from Britain.
Before and after and whilst you write pray, pray for holy priest and even holier bishops.


pelerin said...

Just a thought - could the reason people don't write to recommend their 'Good Priests' for an empty Bishop's seat be that they don't wish to lose them?

A change of Priest can be traumatic for parishioners these days when there is a possibility of receiving one who favours the 'puppet, balloons, all dancing Mass.' Slight exaggeration I know but there is such a variation today in the way Mass is celebrated.

I understand that during the work carried out in the sanctuary Mass will be celebrated ad orientem. I would like to hope that this lasts long enough for the congregation to get used to this and not want to return to ad populum. And perhaps the drying period for whatever is being put down could 'take longer than expected' such as ten years?

Anonymous said...

Any chance we could write in and submit your name? Then again, you're doing such good work in Brighton, it would tragic if they replaced you with someone who did not share your vision there and ruined everything!
Prayer, prayer and more prayer me thinks.

(Sorry to post under anonymous but blogger won't accept any comments from people who do not have blogs with them. Most annoying!)

Richard Collins said...

Don't forget Wales, please Father. Wrexham is overdue...maybe we need to pray as well.

IanW said...

I can think of one or two good & holy priests stuck behind desks in Rome who would jump at the chance of a parish, let alone a Diocese!

Et Expecto said...

Readers may be interested to know which sees in England and Wales are vacant or becoming vacant soon.

The following are awaiting appointments:

East Anglia Sede Vacante
Wrexham Bishop Regan
Brentwood Bishop McMahon

The following dioceses have bishops who will be reaching the age of 75 soon:

Hallam Nov 2011
Portsmouth Nov 2011
Plymouth May 2012

A further three bishops will reach the age of 75 in 2013.

So, put your thinking caps on, and put names forward, either to Rome, to the Nuntio, or preferably both.

rachel said...

I would like to know why does it take so long to appoint Bishops?? I know that The Holy Father is a very busy man but a)surely when a Bishop reaches 74 he should ask for a coadjutor Bishop to be appointed so that the new man can get used to his new Diocese and his new role(on the job training so to speak)!!! and b)surely the Nuncio must have reserve lists for prospective Bishops???

Pablo the Mexican said...

At the end of Prayers of the Holy Rosary:

Let us pray.

O GOD, who’s only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

V. Lord grant us Priests.

R. Lord grant us Priests.

V. Lord grant us many Holy Priests.

R. Lord grant us many Holy Priests.

V. Lord grant us many Holy Priests and Religious Vocations.

R. Lord grant us many Holy Priests and Religious Vocations.

Saint Pius X pray for us.

Saint Joseph pray for us.

Saint Juan Diego pray for us.

Saint Therese the Little Flower, pray for us.

Saint Anthony of Padua, pray for us.

Saint Rita, pray for us.


May the Divine Assistance remain always with us; and may the souls of the Faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace.



Sue Sims said...

We may need a bishop in Portsmouth before Bp. Hollis reaches 75 - he has bowel cancer. He's just had an operation, but is obviously frail.

Fr Ray Blake said...

If you click on Name/URL, type you Name in the box, leave URL blank, then click publish.

As for your suggestion: the Church needs Holy Bishops, with some degree of competence in other areas, I think that would exclude me. I think half an hour at E. Sq. and I would be off, I couldn't bear it.

Fr Ray Blake said...

I haven't posted names of clergy. I think it would be embarrassing, for any potential bishop to see their name written here.

mike hurcum said...

In Canada, and probably elsewhere a letter is sent to the priests in the deanery from which a priest is chosen to be a bishop/ A very orthodox priest over a selection made dissented and rightly so. He answered and he was requested by the local ordinary to withdraw the letter. He did not and was vilified and treated abominably and finally left the area. Another priest told me most priests did not want to become a bishop, they were happy to have the care of a parish. This was trouble enough. He admitted that the politics of being a bishop and dealing with so many different views inside the church was depressing. A previous local ordinary complained he spent much of his time defending his decisions to Rome because of constant complaints.

Pablo the Mexican said...

Saint Albert the Great ran away from the Seminary three times; on the third time, the Holy Mother spoke to him (the Holy Angels kept bringing him back).

He complained that he was too stupid to be a Priest.

The Holy Mother promised to give him the graces needed to be a good Priest.

Three years before he was to die, she would allow him to go back to stupid.

Done deal.

The Holy Mother had an St. placed before his name, and 'The Great' afterwards, that all other Priests might come to know, it is she that forms Priests in the image of her Son.

Men are not to make Priests of themselves.

Nor Bishops.

Pray for good Bishops, Priests and Religious.

If you think you have an awful Bishop, think again. The Devil is God's fool.

"Clothe me, O Lord"

is a prayer of the Priesthood.

God does not dress His Priests in street clothes.


Sitsio said...

Can I ask how one would address a letter to the Nuncio please?

Fr Ray Blake said...

Your Excellency,

Anonymous said...

And write to Cardinal Burke. I know he has a great love for the United Kingdom.

I know from personal experience, that no matter how obscure the matter, His Eminence replies quickly and personally. I don't know how he does it. And he's a friend of orthodoxy and Tradition. He's aware of the dire situation in England, and most importantly, he sits on the Congregation for Bishops. said...

Fr Ray: Good afternoon. I am sure that the choosing of a Priest to be a Bishop must be complicated and several factors should be considered. Can I ask why candidates for the Bishop's position are sometimes in their late 60th year of age? I am not suggesting that there is anything wrong with that, however, most Priests have been working hard for thirty or forty years by then and they are tired. If the Priest has had the management of one or several difficult parishes, working long hours, holding hospital bleeps, covering for Priests in the Deanery who are sick or on long holidays - then surely, there comes a time where the hard working Priest deserves retirement and some peace and quiet?? Are there no capable candidates in the 5oth year of age, who could take the position of Bishop? Have some mercy on the Priests who have worked so hard and given all to Our Lord.
Incidently, I had a meeting with a Catholic Nun very recently. It was in a professional capasity. One of her departing remarks was that there would be more Priests in England if women were allowed to be Ordained to the Sacred Priesthood. She also said that women could be Ordained because it would follow the role or Our Blessed Lady, whom she condsidered to be 'a priest'. Now for the record, I have to listen to all sorts of weird and wonderful stories and explainations of people who are in serious trouble on a daily basis. Some stories are very tough and hard work. But after the meeting with that Nun, I thought that a strong cup of tea was in order. My parting words with Sister were,' the nearest that you will come to a Chasuable will be if you have to wash and iron it. So don't loose any sleep thinking about rediculous ideas.'
Thank you for your Blog. I feel better now.

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