|Fr Ian Hellyer|
|Mgr Keith intent on Mgr Mark Langham's exposition|
We also had visitors; the Chaplain to Cambridge University, Mgr Mark Langham, has long experience in ecumenical matters, so it was good to hear him speak about the Ordinariate as a great new venture in the search for Christian Unity. He is well versed in classical Anglican spirituality, and is pleased to have readings from Thomas Traherne of John Keble to lighten the load of St Augustine's interminable sermon on the Shepherds.
After a picnic lunch we turned our attention overseas. We complain about the cost of getting to
|[l/rt] Mgrs Entwistel, Steenson and Newton: OZ, US, and us.|
|Fr Bould between the Pembury duo|
|Frs Graham Smith & Jonathan R-Harris|
And because Fr Allan Hawkins would expect no less, I did raise with the three Ordinaries the question of married clergy. Are our wives a gift to the Catholic Church, or an impediment to be borne? I believe they are a gift to the whole Church, not to be hidden away or spoken about as an embarrassment.Perhaps, though, we do well to let them speak for themselves, and, as they become better known in Catholic Parishes their lives of dedication and service will become increasingly appreciated.