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Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia (RCDEA) Baker, Oswald Charles Rev (1915-2004) File
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Correspondence - Fr Baker/Latin Mass

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N1. letter 20-5-1975 correspondent Local priest not following rite changesn
N2. letter 28-5-1975 correspondent Downham Market situation not good
N3. letter 25-5-1975 Bishop's Office Letter passed to Bishop Clark for rely
A4. letter 15-7-1975 Bishop Clark Understand anxiety. Working on a solution
N5. letter 31-7-1975 correspondent Support for Bishop Clark's action seen in press
A6. letter 7-8-1977 Bp Clark Reorganisation of parishes in Dereham/Swaffam
N7. letter 8-8-1975 correspondent Unhappy re loss of parish priest and daily Masses
A8. letter 9-8-1975 Fr Baker Time to consider Bp's letter; Happy Birthday to Bp.
N9. letter 9-8-1975 correspondent Bp's wrong understanding lead to wrong decision
A10. letter 10-8-1975 correspondent Petition sent to Bp Grant & Bp Clark
A10-1. petition 10-8-1975 correspondent Covering letter and Petition against changes at Downham
N11. letter 11-8-1975 Bp Clark Details to be confirmed - Masses will be held at Downham
A12. letter Aug 1975 Fr Baker Position at Downham comfortable/flourishing - no need for concern
A13. letter 12-8-1975 Bp Clark Explanation of changes; need for obedience to your Bishop; request to resign
N14. letter 12-8-1975 correspondent Retired priest saying Mass is more edifying at Downham than anywhere
N15. letter 12-8-1975 Mrs V M Gillick Request to reconsider decision about Fr Baker
N16. letter 12-8-1975 correspondent [an extract] advising caution for such a small matter / parish
N17. letter 14-8-1975 Bp Clark cannot allow disobedience; need to be resolute
N18. letter 14-8-1075 Bp Clark Correspondent's tone? decision is with pastoral concern
A19. letter 16-8-1975 Fr Baker Wishes Bp Clark Happy Birthday; will reply when Bp Grant responds
N20. letter 16-8-1975 correspondent Entreats reconsideration of Downham decision
N21. letter undated correspondent quotes "Gentleman Jack" by Robert Herrick; cautions Bp
N22. letter 18-8-1975 correspondent challenges the Bp to produce the Papal document imposing "New Mass"
N23. letter 15-8-1975 correspondent Copy of letter to Fr Baker; crime is to say Mass!; Bp will pay
N24. letter 19-8-1975 correspondent Support for pastoral role of Fr Baker; leave him unmolested
A25. letter 19-8-1975 Bp Clark Asks Fr Baker to announce that courtesy and Christian Charity should be reflected in letters
N26. letter undated correspondent Dismay at closure of Downham Market as a parishes
N27. letter 20-8-1975 correspondent Questioning decision to remove a much loved parish priest
A28. letter 20-8-1975 correspondent Robust letter challenging the Bishop's decision; copied to Hierarchy
A29. letter 20-8-1975 Fr Baker Unfortunate Anglia TV programme; sorry about intemperate letters
N30. letter 20-8-1975 correspondent Anglo-Catholic priest supports Fr Baker as a good parish priest
N31. letter 21-8-1975 correspondent long letter addressing the attempt to dismiss Fr Baker
N32. letter 22-8-1975 correspondent Support for Fr Baker; dislike of a watered down Mass
N33. letter 22-8-1975 correspondent Support for Fr Baker; many attend for Tridentine Latin Mass
N34. letter 22-8-1975 correspondent Press reports on Fr Baker and Bishop's decision - false ecumenism
N35. letter 22-8-1975 correspondent Press reports on removal of Fr Baker; a grave injustice
N36. letter 23-8-1975 correspondent Indulgence for different forms of Mass but not for Tridentine
N37. letter 23-8-1975 correspondent Plea to allow "the glorious Tridentine Mass"
N38. letter 23-8-1975 correspondent Wide ranging letter: CofE; sects; secret societies; bogus ecumenism
N39. letter 23-8-1975 correspondent Allow Folk masses and pop music; why not Tridentine?
N40. letter 24-8-1975 correspondent scotch rumours causing pain and distress re Tridentine
N41. letter 24-8-1975 correspondent Always priests of Fr Baker's calibre
N42. letter 25-8-1975 correspondent incomprehensible harshness of decision; staunch/holy Fr Baker
N43. letter 25-8-1975 correspondent Sad about Fr Baker; refugees fleeing the Anti-Christ
N44. letter 25-8-1975 correspondent Denial of Spiritual Nourishment from Mass at Downham
N45. letter 25-8-1975 correspondent protest at action taken against Downham priest
N46. letter 25-8-1975 correspondent support for new rite and replacement of Fr Baker; silent majority
N47. letter 26-8-1975 correspondent keep Fr Baker and Tridentine Mass
N48. letter 26-8-1975 correspondent many praying for a change of priest at Downham
N49. letter 26-8-1975 correspondent offensive proposal to interfere with Bp's authority
N49-1. notice 26-8-1975 "Pilgrimage to Downham Market and Day of Prayers"
N49-2. letter 26-8-1975 correspondent Asks Fr Baker "Aught we not to obey?"
N50. letter 27-8-1975 correspondent Kentucky Rev distressing news about Fr Baker being ousted
N51. letter 27-8-1975 correspondent Reconsider decision
N52. letter 27-8-1975 correspondent Enclosed verse expresses writer's feelings; sorry for Bishop
N52-1. verse "Now, Downham Market's Golgotha,"; 8 four line verses
N53. letter 27-8-1975 correspondent Suppression of traditional Mass; not wipe Fr Baker off the map
N54. letter 27-8-1975 correspondent Daily Mail report of Mass with sliced bread and paper cups
N55. letter 27-8-1975 correspondent Allow Mass at Downham; support for Fr Baker
N56. letter 27-8-1975 correspondent Allow Fr Baker to follow his conscience
N57. letter 27-8-1975 correspondent Reconsider changing parish boundaries.
N58. letter 27-8-1975 correspondent Old Mass wanted; parishioners fortunate to have Fr Baker
N59. letter 27-8-1975 correspondent dismayed at boundary changes and removal of Fr Baker
N60. letter undated correspondent by what authority is the Bishop doing what he is doing?
N61. letter 28-8-1975 correspondent Fr Baker well regarded; change your decision
N62. letter 28-8-1975 Bp Clark Grateful for the letter; inundated with condemnation;
N63. letter 28-8-1975 Bp Clark appreciate the courtesy; next few weeks will be difficult
A64. letter 28-8-1975 Bp Clark To Bp Grant. Diocese division; Downham Market; PPs changeover on 7 October
N65. letter 28-8-1975 correspondent suggesting alternative solution to suppressing Latin Mass
N66. letter undated unsigned wide ranging polemic; geopolitics, Russia, Israel, history & ills of Catholics in England
N67. letter 29-8-1975 unsigned "do not commit your dirty deed on Father Baker"
N68. letter 29-8-1975 correspondent schizm [sic] arisen over adoption of New Mass
A69. letter 29-8-1975 correspondent support for the good job Fr Sketch is doing in Downham
N70. letter 29-8-1975 correspondent silent majority support Bishop's approach
N71. letter 30-80`975 correspondent support for Latin Mass
N72. letter 31-8-1975 correspondent protest against removal of Fr Baker
N73. letter 31-8-1975 correspondent farmer using the metaphor of the shepherd and his sheep
N74. letter 31-8-1975 correspondent protest at attempts to oust Fr Baker; exercise right for old Mass
N75. letter 31-8-1975 correspondent Why discard the old Mass? Pride?
N76. letter 31-8-1975 correspondent No choice given; suppression of old teachings
N77. letter 31-8-1975 correspondent admiration for Bishop's stand at Downham
N78. letter 31-8-1975 correspondent one-sided media reporting; feels for the Bishop
N79. letter 29-8-1975 correspondent Retired priest [?] on English Indult vs. Novus Ordo
N80. letter 1-9-1975 correspondent "Ildephonsus", Lynford, a pity Fr Baker did not resign and retire as Fr Houghton did
N81. letter 1-9-1097 correspondent Allow both rites; Bishops not in touch with laity
N82. postcard 1-9-1975 unsigned randomly covered with sketches, phrases, recusant references
N83. letter 1-9-1975 correspondent support for Bishop's efforts to implement Vatican II
N84. letter 2-9-1975 correspondent in support of Archbishop Lefebvre, Fr Baker; Curia is destroying the Church
A85. statement 2-9-1975 Bp Clark To Catholic Herald, taken by Mr Duggan - Downham affair
A85-1. notes 2-9-1975 Bp Clark Manuscript answers to questions put by Catholic Herald
N86. letter 2-9-1975 J Todhunter Support for Bp; Mention of Justice Cumming-Bruce drink driving conviction
N87. letter 2-9-1975 correspondent Pope Pius V 1570 rite in perpetuity; grave suspicion over new rite and other changes
N88. letter 2-9-1975 correspondent reconsider making Latin Mass inaccessible in East Anglia
N89. letter 2-9-1975 correspondent diatribe against shabby treatment of Fr Baker and the changes being implemented after Vatican II
A90. letter 4-9-1975 The Table Editor: piece on Downham Market; Fr Baker really exemplary?
N91. postcard 5-9-1975 correspondent distress at being forbidden the worship of our martyrs
N92. letter 5-9-1975 correspondent church acting in haste; do not wrong Fr Baker
N93. letter 5-9-1975 Revd KV Ensor Anglican making observations about ecumenical changes
N94. letter 5-9-1975 correspondent Blame on Bps Butler and Clark for Catholic Dogma damage
N95. letter 7-9-1975 correspondent support for Latin mass; exemplified by the CCR, etc.
A95. letter 7-9-1975 Bp Grant Requests Fr Baker to attend in Northampton for discussions
A96. letter 8-9-1975 Bp Clark[?] To Tablet editor, article honest appraisal of Downham affair
N97. letter 8-9-1975 correspondent distressed at possible dismissal of Fr Baker for Latin Mass
A98. letter 9-9-1975 Bp Clark Fr Baker on women's attire; Bishops looking for a solution
A99. letter 9-9-1975 Bp Clark To Rev Ensor, touched by letter; misery at Downham
A100. letter 9-9-1975 Bp Clark Bp Grant has waited; will use Canon Law not act summarily
A101. letter 9-9-1975 Bp Office Copy of letter from Bp Grant to Fr Baker via Fr Hammond
A101-1. letter 9-9-1975 Bp Grant Fr Baker is acting against Church Law; invited to resign
N102. letter 9-9-1975 correspondent distressed at Fr Baker being censured
N103. letter 9-9-1975 correspondent sorry about vicious letters; laity's resistance to changes; left wing favoured over right wing; hardening attitudes
N104. letter 9-9-1975 correspondent bill of St Pius V was never repealed
N105. letter 9-9-1975 correspondent stop aligning Catholic with Anglican liturgy/theology
N106. letter 10-9-1975 correspondent American family visiting enjoy Latin Mass; reconsider proposed actions
N107. letter 11-9-1975 correspondent No respect for sacred aspects of the Mass or Church
A108. letter 11-9-1975 Alan Smithies Poet: short treatise on development of English language liturgy; providing 4 hymns
N109. letter 11-9-1975 correspondent support for Bishop after seeing him on TV; convert from Marxism
A110. letter 11-9-1975 Sr Bede The changes are proper; implementation / explanation poor
N111. letter 11-9-1975 correspondent Tho' pro-Latin faction is vociferous; many have accepted new Mass
N112. letter 12-9-1975 correspondent Let Fr Baker continue his holy duties and say Latin Mass
N113. letter 13-9-1975 correspondent against me or for me; support for Fr Baker & Archbishop Lefebvre
N114. letter 14-9-1975 correspondent inconsistent approach by Bishops; overnight decrees changing life long habits
N115. letter 14-9-1975 correspondent support for Fr Baker; lowering of liturgy standards
N116. letter 15-9-1975 Bp Clark Catholic Herald's Douglas Brown article ".. what is really happening."; Thanks for the encouraging letter
A117. letter 15-9-1975 Bp Clark D Brown's article was right; Times' Clifford Longley's good overview of what is at stake
N118. letter 14-9-1975 correspondent General discontent at Fr Baker situation in Downham; look forward to arrival of Fr Sketch
N119. letter 14-9-1975 correspondent Anglicans can choose service types - why not Catholics? Allow Fr Baker to continue
N120. letter 15-9-1975 correspondent innovation is destroying the church; Fr Baker is an example
N121. letter 22-9-1975 correspondent support for Fr Baker; removal of Bp Clark
N122. letter 23-9-1975 correspondent Silent majority want life in the parish and not Fr Baker - list of 140
N123. letter 24-9-1975 correspondent appeals for a sympathetic approach for Fr Baker
N124. letter 1-11-1975 correspondent liberals depriving traditional Catholics of Latin Mass
N125. letter 8-11-1975 correspondent puzzled about Downham affair; demonstrate paternal charity?
N126. letter 11-11-1975 correspondent maintain the parish as it is; keep a priest, which are in short supply
N127. letter 14-11-1975 correspondent a good priest being harshly dismissed; change decision
N128. letter 15-11-1975 correspondent conformity for itself; allow both rites together
N129. letter 18-11-1975 correspondent why punish a priest for doing what he was ordained to do?
A130. letter 20-11-1975 Bp Grant Covering letter for official decree removing Fr Baker
A130-1. decree 19-11-1975 Bp Grant Decree for the removal of Fr Baker from Downham parish
A131. letter 24-11-1975 Bp Grant Consequences of the Decree for Fr Baker
A132. letter 25-11-1975 Bp Grant unbalanced account given in Daily Telegraph re Downham
A133. notice 26-11-1975 Bp Grant Explanatory notice for Fr Sketch to give to parishioners
N134. letter 27-11-1975 correspondent tolerance for "pop-masses" but not for traditional rite
N135. letter 28-11-1975 correspondent high-handed treatment of Fr Anthony Roberts and Fr Baker; Gorleston ceremony marred by an ungenerous disposition - astonished and is not forgotten
A136. letter 26-12-1097 Fr Baker cover letter to unidentified editor for a statement; asks for 24 copies of the edition it appears in
A136-1 statement 26-12-1975 Fr Baker Statement including objections to "New Mass"
N137. letter 28-12-1975 correspondent lengthy letter challenging Bp Grant's line on Fr Baker
N137-1. encl. undated unknown included example received of attack on traditional ways
N138. letter 30-12-1975 Cath. Herald Editor for Bp Clark's view [on Fr Baker's letter of 26-12]
A139. letter 2-1-1976 Bp Clark To Cath. Herald editor; Fr Baker not correct to attack Bp secretary
N140. letter 15-1-1976 correspondent Cover letter for copy of letter to Bp Grant
N140-1. letter 15-1-1976 correspondent challenges the authority of action against Fr Baker
N141. review undated Tom Sutcliffe "Amen Corner" - unknown source - review of Long Play (LP) record of Mass at Downham Market on All Souls November 1975
N142. letter 5-7-1976 correspondent Why is Tridentine Mass so wrong after a thousand years?
N143. letter 6-7-1976 correspondent Bp Clark's Pastoral letter heard with sadness. A mature Church can disregard Fr Baker and the "rebel Cardinal"
N144. letter 8-7-1976 pseudonym Bp Clark's extraordinary outburst against Fr Baker [in Pastoral Letter]; silly and stupid laws will be disobeyed
N145. letter 9-7-1976 correspondent Quotes Malcolm Muggeridge: church is driving the faithful away; Bp and similar are suppressing the Catholic Mass
N146. letter 10-7-1976 correspondent without forgiveness Fr Baker and his followers will not find their way back
N147. letter 11-7-1976 Fr Atkinson Understanding is key; need to explain the changes clearly
N148. letter 12-7-1976 correspondent Attack on Fr Baker; traditionalist do not discredit the Church
N149. leaflet 12-7-1976 unknown "Pray for the Return of the Latin Mass" [printed]; M/s: pray that Bp Clark stops his vendetta against Fr Baker
A150. letter 14-7-1976 Bp Clark Sad that must address Fr Bakers' activities; tried many times to build bridges; but the refusal to accept new teachings
N151. letter 18-7-1976 correspondent Press cutting from Cambridge; sorry missed Bp Clark's ordination
A152. statement 25-7-1976 Bp Lindsay Warning about Marcel Lefebvre's group organising an unofficial old Latin mass
A153. letter 30-7-1976 Fr Baker cannot accept unquestioning and bind obedience
A154. letter 4-8-1976 Bp Lindsay Fr Baker is neglecting guidance from many sources
A155 letter 9-8-1976 Bp Lindsay Press cuttings; Fr Baker causing embarrassment in Newcastle
A155-1 press 4-8-1976 Press 3 pages; copies of press cuttings
A156 letter 9-8-1976 Bp Lindsay Requesting Fr Baker not to return to Newcastle
N157 postcard 11-8-1976 pseudonym Attacks on Fr Baker set back Church Unity

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News-cuttings - Fr Oswald Baker / Latin Rite

EDP 20-8-1975; letter; Status of Downham: RC protest
EDP 21-8-1975; article; Downham Catholics fight to keep traditional Mass; image of mother and daughter with petition for the Bishop
Daily Mail 25-8-1975; article; Pop goes Communion with paper cups and Co-op sliced / The Watchfield faithful get a taste of religion; 3 images - Sister Verity on drums / Bishop of Reading on stage / Communion in a paper cup
Guardian 25-8-1975; letters; Mass revolt of the Catholic Loyalists
Unknown 26-8-1975; letter; Traditional Mass?
Universe 29-8-1975; article; "Latin" priest supporters plan demo
The Times 29-8-1975; article; Bishop's warning on priest offering Mass in old form
Sunday Times 31-8-1975; article; Latin lovers in protest; image Fr Baker
Sunday Times 31-8-1975; article; Priest in Mass protest; 2 images - procession; Fr Baker
The Observer 31-8-1975; article; This rite is not wrong say 300 Catholics; image of Fr Baker
The Times 3-9-1975; letters; The Tridentine Mass
Catholic Herald 5-9-1975; letters; End wrangles of amateur liturgists
Catholic Herald 5-9-1975; article; Latin protest "cause of distress"; cartoon
EDP 8-9-1975; letters; Downham Mass
EDP 9-9-1975; article; Priest "refuses to see Bishop"
EDP 11-9-1975; letters; Downham Mass
EDP 11-9-1975; article; Downham priest asked to resign
Guardian 12-9-1975; article; Priest says he is hounded
The Universe 12-9-1975; article; Fr Baker won't meet Bishop Grant
The Times 12-9-1975; article; Canon law to be used to remove priest
The Guardian 13-9-1975; article; Latin mass takes to road
The Times 13-9-1975; letters; The traditional Mass
The Sunday Telegraph 14-9-1975; letters; Tridentine Mass and Anglican voluntary principle
The Guardian 14-9-1975; article; "Sensual" girls at Sunday mass
The Times 15-9-1975; article; Knives are out for Roman Catholic dissidents
EDP 17-9-1975; letters; Downham Mass
The Times 18-9-1975; letter; The traditional Mass
The Times 19-9-1975; article; Bishop's aim "to make new Mass available to all"
The Times 19-9-1975; article; Bringing the church to the people
EDP 19-9-1975; article; Bishop on his duty over the new mass
The Times 22-9-1975; letters; The traditional Mass
The Times 22-9-1975; letter; Catholic traditionalists
EDP 22-9-1975; letter Downham Mass
EDP 30-9-1975; letter Downham Mass
Sunday Express 31-8-1975; article; Catholics march to banned Mass
Unknown undated; letters; Downham Catholics and their Mass
The Sunday Times 31-8-1975; article; Latin lovers in protest
EDP 1-9-1975; article; Procession backs Downham priest; 2 images: procession; Fr Baker
The Telegraph 1-9-1975; "Liturgical bingo" of English Mass
Lynn News & Advertiser 2-9-1975; article; Catholics on the March / Downham Mass dispute grows; 2 images: procession; Fr Baker
EDP 2-9-1975; letter; Downham Mass
EDP 4-9-1975; letters; Downham Mass
EDP 6-9-1975; letter; Downham Mass
The Times 9-9-1975; re-typed by unknown; article; [Bishop Grant statement]
Catholic Herald 12-9-1975; article; Guarding against false gods
EDP 18-9-1975; letter; Downham Mass
The Guardian 20-9-1975; [photocopy] article; Church militant
EDP 23-9-1975; letter; Downham Mass
The Times 26-9-1975; letter; The traditional Mass
Catholic Herald 26-9-1975; article; Bishop Grant on Downham Market issue
Lynn News & Advertiser 10-10-1975; letters; In support of Fr Baker / And against..
The Telegraph 21-11-1975; [photocopy] article; Bad Marks for Latin
Evening News 30-6-1976; article; Rebel priest opens centre for Mass in city
The Journal 2-7-1976; article; Catholic Bishop hits at old Mass rebels; 2 images: Fr Baker; Bishop Clark
Cambridge Evening News 9-7-1976; letter;
EDP 17-7-1976; letter; Mass
EDP 19-7-1976; letter; In reply to Fr Baker
EDP 12-11-1976; article; Disused shop setting for Downham Mass
EDP 14-7-1976; letter; Mass: rebel priest "follows ruling"
EDP 15-11-1976; [reprint] article; Rebel Archbishop's "Woolies" mass; 2 images: Archbishop Lefebvre; Archbishop Lefebvre and Fr Baker

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