Well I’m still on cloud 9 about yesterday.
A few things I forgot to mention were, the event hardly got advertised at all, if it had we might have filled York minster. There were very few from York because most of the local priests had refused to advertise it in their parishes due to an acute case of woolly liberalism (which actually turns into fascism when feeling threatened) They couldn’t tell their parishioners about it and give them a free choice to vote with their feet, noooo better to make sure nobody finds out and then say there is nobody calling for mass in the extraordinary form.
I heard a story of a priest who only found out about it at the last minute and was a bit miffed because he would have been sat in choir in his full regalia had he known in advance. News of the event was spread almost purely by word of mouth and by the internet, in fact I probably wouldn’t have gone unless I knew two friends attending who are both well connected online.
I’d like to congratulate the brave priests who did tell their congregations about this event, and encourage them as Chesterton once remarked only living fish can swim against the stream.
Damien Thompson’s news was also doing the rounds accompanied by a rather enjoyable smugness, perhaps we are seeing the beginning of the beginning of the end of protestantism as held by some in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales? Maybe I’m just getting carried away.
Aaaah its a joy to be Catholic, we do live in interesting times. In fact I feel that the times they are a-changing.