A new Provost at the Birmingham Oratory
Blogged by James Preece on 23rd September 2011
Now that you've had a bit of time to digest the Birmingham Three Recap you are ready to read the latest press release on the subject from the Catholic Communications Office of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales...
Fr Ignatius Harrison has been appointed Provost of the Birmingham Oratory by the Holy See, following the resignation of Fr Richard Duffield.
Fr Duffield has resigned for reasons of ill-health, at his own request.
Fr Harrison will also be actor and vice-postulator for the cause of Cardinal Newman, who was beatified in 2010.
The most significant thing about this press release is not what it says but who is saying it. The pretence of having a "spokesman for the Birmingham Oratory" has been dropped. This press release comes directly from the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales.
I also hear that Fr Gareth/Sebastian Jones will be made Vice-Provost of the Birmingham Oratory. When I first heard that I thought it was a joke, but it turns out it's for real! No wonder they left that part out of the press release.
More on this next week when I've had a bit more time to digest it myself...