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Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia (RCDEA)

  • GB ARCHON 2913 DEA
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  • Erected 13 March 1976

The Diocese of East Anglia is a suffragan diocese within the Province of Westminster, erected on 13 March 1976 by the decree Quod Ecumenicum of Pope Paul VI, using territory taken from the Diocese of Northampton, which was created in 1850. After the Reformation, the area of East Anglia was soon placed under the care of the Vicars Apostolic of the Midland District, and later of the Eastern District, until the hierarchy was restored by Pope Blessed Pius IX.

Today, the Diocese of East Anglia incorporates the English counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and the city of Peterborough.

For the purposes of civil law, the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia was established under a Deed of Revocation and Appointment dated 2 October 1979.

It is a registered charity (Reg. No. 278742) and is made up of 50 parishes in the counties of Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Suffolk and Norfolk. It also encompasses 24 Catholic schools and 2 inter-denominational church schools. A new primary school has received permission and is planned to be open in September 2022.

The East Anglia Roman Catholic Diocese Trustee was incorporated on 1 February 1979 and was appointed as the Custodian Trustee of the Diocese on 2 October 1979 under the terms of a Deed of Revocation and Appointment.

The objective of the Diocese is set out in its Deed of Revocation and Appointment as: "The advancement of the Roman Catholic Religion in the Diocese and for the service and support whether in the Diocese or outside the Diocese of charitable works and objects promoted by the Roman Catholic Church." This overall objective is accomplished through the network of parishes and schools throughout the Diocese, seeking to involve the community as a whole, and furthering ecumenical relationships.

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

"A Warning" "and an Amplification"

side 1: "A Warning / from / Peter Simple / of the Daily Telegraph / and an Amplification"
side 2: Article "Sign" by Peter Simple, reproduced from the Daily Telegraph, 16 March 1976
sides 3/4: "An amplification - from one of the faithful" by Margaret S Kenworthy-Browne

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Bishop to Correspondent: Effort to build bridges; Refusal to accept renewed mission of the Church

Every effort, long hours and many miles involved in finding bridges to attempt to persuade Fr Baker to enjoy the privacy of the Downham Market presbytery. Bishop has for many months been on TV and in print trying to explain what is at stake. "... not just a question of a liturgical rite; it is a refusal to accept the renewed mission of the Church ..."

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop Lindsay: Message - warning against attending unofficial Latin Mass

Expectation that priests and laity obey and respect the Pope and Bishops and celebrate Mass and Sacraments in the Church's way. Warning against attending an unofficial Latin Mass. Establishes that Archbishop Lefebvre and supporters are opposed to Vatican II and are operating outside the orders of the Pope and Bishops. To attend their Mass is to risk parting company with the Pope and the Catholic Church.

Lindsay, Hugh Rev (1927-2009)

Fr Baker to Bishop Lindsay: My reasoning at fault?; Trying to do God's Will

Invited to offer the traditional Mass at Newcastle on 8 August. Telling the Bishop through courtesy following his admonition in the Catholic Press. Questions whether his reasoning can be found by the Bishop to be at fault. Offers Fr Wathen's "The Great Sacrilege" as an non-refutable authority. Fr Baker is trying to do God's Will - not defiant to authority but does not agree with the requirement for blind and unquestioning obedience.

Baker, Oswald Charles Rev (1915-2004)

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

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.

Lindsay, Hugh Rev (1927-2009)

"...journee sacerdotale a Ecône du 19 au 20 Aout..."

Signature illegible; address: Rue St Dominique, Flavigny; 4 August 1976.
Text is about Le Père Barbara ("brillant et dynamique prêtre "sédévacantiste" français, décédé maintenant") arranging an event at Econe, Switzerland. The author is encouraging the reader ("Cher Confrere") to attend the event and support Archbishop Lefebvre. Specifically they do not support the "new Mass" and prefer to stay with the traditional Latin Rite. Ends with a request to let young people know about an event being planned at Lacordaire France, from 4 to 5 September.

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Bishop Lindsay to Bishop Clark: Fr Baker and Tridentine Mass Centre in Newcastle

Fr Baker celebrated Mass without approval in the old rite without permission, preached without faculties and heard confession in an unsatisfactory conditions. He is reported as saying "Since the Vatican Council there have been two churches, one of which is the modern one with new doctrines, new morality, and new liturgy. They can't excommunicate me for that Church because I have never been a member of it. But I intend to remain loyal to the real Church." He has been on radio and television and has caused us considerable embarrassment. Can you persuade him to remain in Downham Market; he intends to return in the next month?

Lindsay, Hugh Rev (1927-2009)

Press cuttings - Fr Baker and Tridentine Mass

Photocopies of local press coverage about Fr Baker inaugurating a Tridentine Mass centre in Newcastle.
page 1: Article: Rebel priest to celebrate Latin Mass; Article: Booted out but unrepentant; letter: Oath of Loyalty
page 2/3: article: Old faith alive in the North
page 3: article: A choice of Masses today
page 4: article: North Catholics defy their Bishop

Various

Newsletter - Presbytery Chapel / St Pius V House, Downham Market

Redemptorist publication "Christian Encounter" - reverse page for local parish notes
Page 1 - printed
Page 2 - "Are Traditionalists disobedient? (concluded)" - traditional mass dates from 1570 - persistent challenges to legality of New Mass - even the Pope will not invoke it as a legal instrument - its introduction is visible a mistake.

Baker, Oswald Charles Rev (1915-2004)

The Phoenix

From the Inside first page:

Our Cover
Many readers will no doubt recognise the cover of the first edition of Phoenix, as the Coat of Arms of our own Bishop Alan Clark, and the arms of our Diocese.
The motto, chosen by the Bishop, "Ministerio Christi Addictus" means completely given over to the ministry of Christ.
The shield itself records the historic roots of this diocese. It bears two of the three crowns of the Arms of Ely and one of the three mitres of the Arms of Norwich. Across the top are three lilies on blue, signifying the consecration of this diocese to the care of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Introducing Phoenix
Welcome to our new magazine, which it is proposed to produce bi-monthly. Phoenix will cover the Parishes of St. John's, St. George's, Holy Apostles, Costessy, Poringland, Loddon, Wymondham and Dereham plus the outstations of the Norwich Parishes. This issue will also be sold in Swaffham and depending on their response they may well be joining us on a permanent basis.
The success of the magazine will lie heavily on the shoulders of the parishioners of the above churches because we can only print the news we receive from you.
Phoenix will normally have photos as well as local news and views plus we hope items of interest written by you. We welcome also your letters on any subject you like but please include your name, address and parish when doing so.
We also need help in selling these so if you are prepared to sell Phoenix outside your church please inform the parish priest or the local Phoenix team.
Items and photos, (black and white only), for inclusion in the next edition should be sent to Mrs. Stollery, 60 Avenue Road, Norwich to reach her not later than Friday 5th August.
If you would like to have someone also report your event or have photos taken please let Allen Howes 21 Sandringham Road, Norwich, or, Pat Scrutton, 54 St. Philips Road, Norwich, know and they will try to get someone to cover it.
Lastly we will welcome ideas to improve the magazine so please tell us.
The next edition of Phoenix will be on sale on Sunday 11th September.

Scrutton, Patrick Michael Mr (-2018)

Correspondence

Correspondence relating to Diocesan communication with the media, the Diocesan Information Officer and related matters.

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

Bishop Clark to Fr Manley: Diocesan Information Officer

Await the conclusions from Fr Manley's group, Bishop's engagements are known in advance. DIO's job is to pester his office for information. If people are "bitchy" about the Bishop's ecumenical involvement, he cannot do anything about it. "I almost have a papal bull" to commission this ecumenical work both nationally and internationally. "..The fact is that the Catholic community must be instructed that the Church can not be renewed without being ecumenically involved; and that is where I depend on my brethren."
Recognises that he is not a good TV personality, being too tense. However, that is not likely to change. He and the ATV producer decided to do a couple of runs as they both judged the first film to be too cosy and it "required some abrasiveness and more sharp disagreement. All very difficult".

Clark, Alan Charles Rev DD (1919-2002)

St Etheldrea, Ely

Bishop announcing an arrangement to use Ely Cathedral's Lady Chapel for Sunday Mass, at the invitation of the Dean and Chapter. St Etheldreda' Church is being repaired following storm damage. Fr Brendan Peters did not accept this need but the Bishop made arrangements through the Chancellor, Canon Paul Taylor.

Manley, Robert Rev (-1983)

Vic Birtles (Anglia TV) to Fr Manley: Establishing a Diocesan Press Office

Suggestions from Press Officer at Anglia TV regarding the establishment of a Catholic Diocesan Press Office:

  1. Press Reception in Norwich, mid-day (to catch the deadlines); early in week (to catch weeklies) with Bishop news story
  2. Create a mailing list of all news outlets (some examples offered)
  3. Monthly information bulletin
  4. Contact numbers, etc.
  5. Bishops letters provided in advance but embargoed
  6. Photographs of clergy, etc.

Anglia Television Limited

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