Item 154 - Bishop Lindsay to Fr Baker: No approval for Mass in Newcastle; An educated conscience?

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GB ARCHON 2913 DEA-05-01-02-01-154


Bishop Lindsay to Fr Baker: No approval for Mass in Newcastle; An educated conscience?


  • 4 August 1976 (Creation)

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2 pages; 2 sides; typescript; headed; copy

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20 June 1927, born in Newcastle upon Tyne. Education: St. Charles’, Gosforth, St. Andrew’s, Newcastle, St. Cuthbert’s Grammar School. Ushaw Colled from 1943 but conscripted for military service in the RAF until 1948 when he returned to Ushaw.
19 July 1953, ordained
11 December 1969, ordained bishop.
12 December 1974, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle
20 March 1992, resigned and succeeded by Bishop Ambrose Griffiths; became chaplain to the Augustinian Sisters at Grange-over-Sands
19 January 2009, died.

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pre-2018: DOM

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The proposed Mass has no ecclesiastical authority - Fr Baker has not sought leave to offer Mass. Despite Fr Baker's defence of following his conscience he has overlooked the duty to educate his conscience - cites a few examples. Bishop says the Fr Baker is neglecting the guidance of Vatican II, the Pope, Bishop Grant and Bishop Clark. Even if you cannot accept these, consider deeply before leaving Downham Market to share your personal difficulties in other dioceses.

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