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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Bishop Mark Davies: A Light of Tradition in the Midst of the Darkness of Modernism

I do wish to share this piece by Damian Thompson of the Telegraph.  His Excellency is an example of a true Catholic bishop, who seeks to uphold the laws of God in a God-less society.  

Here's a photograph to gladden the heart of any traditional Catholic and to give The Tablet's Bobbie Mickens a fit of the vapours. The prelate wearing that magnificent mitre is a bishop of England and Wales, believe it or not, presiding at a solemn Latin Mass to mark the re-opening of a parish where the worship will be in the Extraordinary Form. More than a thousand people attended.

Yes, you read that right. Summorum Pontificum has finally been fully implemented by a diocesan bishop – the Rt Rev Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, who has entrusted the Shrine Church of Ss Peter and Paul and St Philomena in New Brighton, Wirral, to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. This much-loved building, once known as "the dome of home" to returning sailors, had previously been closed. Bishop Davies saw no reason why this dynamic apostolic institute should not revive it.

"Perhaps in this image we can recognise the new mission given to this church in a new and vibrant parish and amid the new needs of those who travel through the century before us,” said the bishop in his address. "Today we do not simply wish to open the doors of a closed building but to be open in our hearts to what Blessed John Paul II called ‘Eucharistic amazement’. I was asked in a radio interview whether I saw myself as part of an old, traditional church or a dynamic, evangelising community. My interviewer saw these as distinct alternatives but to the Catholic mind the answer must always be both."

Can you imagine any other bishop of England and Wales having the conviction and courage to implement the Motu Proprio so enthusiastically? No, me neither. Bishop Davies is a pastor of remarkable calibre; the question now is whether Rome will send us another bishop in his mould – or will simply allow the Magic Circle to shunt its candidates into soon-to-be-vacant diocesan sees. 
 Some other recent news further reveals the caliber of His Excellency:

Bishop urges faithful to face ‘the reality of hell’ in Lent‘the-reality-of-hell’-in-lent/

Bishop Mark Davies to restore central position of Tabernacle

Bishop Mark Davies: God, not Parliament, is the author of marriage


del_button March 28, 2012 at 3:34 PM
Anonymous said...

Bishop Mark Davies on both forms of the Roman at
One and the same?

del_button March 28, 2012 at 4:31 PM
Matthew said...

While we can naturally expect a post-conciliar bishop to say nothing to the contrary (and such statements are certainly in error), we can at least see in Bishop Davies a step in the right direction.

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