Carrion call

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Those who have the good fortune to know Mgr Andrew Burnham personally will have been shocked at blogger Archbishop Cranmer’s characterisation of him as a vulture in search of carrion.

What Fr Burnham did was to point out, in an article for the Catholic Herald, that the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, erected by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, is ready at any time to receive former Anglicans eager to be united with the Holy See. That is what it is for.

He did so in the wake of incontrovertible demonstration that the Church of England is incapable of prosecuting its own ‘Five Principles’ and providing for orthodox catholics that ‘space to thrive’ which the Ordinariates secure for them within the Latin Church.

His sentiments, like those of the Ordinariates themselves, are without doubt pastoral, not predatory.

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