Suggest Canons Burditt and Frost and Frs Philpot and Wace for Commission on the division of the [Northampton] Diocese. Downham Market is an issue on which we must stand - "whatever the personal holiness of Ossie (and God alone is the Judge here), he is corrupting a holy thing - and this is the hidden evil." Unwavering leadership is required. Confront Ossie with the obedience he owes, and, that the Pope has formally specified the circumstances in which the rite may be celebrated. Tony Sketch should be given Downham market as his charge and say a publicised Mass there. PPs (Aldeburgh, Wymondham, Felixstowe and Ipswich) make change-over on October 7th.
Massive incoming post causes delay. Can debate the central point of the letter: the inadequacy of the New Order Mass compared to the Tridentine Mass. Vatican II debated extensively and profoundly and from there was promulgated the "Constitution of the Sacred Piturgy" in 1963 from which came the April 1969 Apostolic letter of Pope Paul. Fr Baker has known of the1970 Hierarchy directive and has deliberately put his Bishop in an impossible position but is following Canon Law; he could have acted summarily.
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.
Tragedy that Fr Baker has decided to re-open the issue after a good compromise by Bishop Grant. Norwich Deanery priests felt strongly that it was churlish and mean-minded to turn the attack on to the Bishop's Secretary.
Went to Downham for the Mass and stayed a week. Why do you persecute a priest because he refuses to be a heretic? 5 years ago deviant behaviours (pop masses, dancing masses...) would have resulted in excommunication on the spot. Who is right Fr Baker, or those in a free for all. Copied to Cardinal Heenan, Apostolic Delegate, Bishop Grant
Being discredited by the Bishop for a love of the same Mass that the Bishop professes. Repudiate charge of being disobedient as he is following his conscience. Challenges the four area covered by the Bishop's secretary (Fr Morgan). Ludicrous allegation that Fr Baker's ministry is harmful - much support, sympathy and encouragement received. Will continue to offer Mass in Downham Market.
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
Page 1: Petition text: loss of daily Mass and related devotions following proposed re-alignment of parish boundaries; much fund-raising done for the Church; Rural nature of Downham Market parish would make it difficult for a priest based at Swaffham. Hence request the Bishop reverse the decision affecting Downham parish Page 2: 1 copy of petition names - column 1 35 names; column 2 32 names
page1: Christmas, Nativity scene and text page 2: Editorial page 3: Image of Fr Oswald Baker ("DT Picture") - advertisement for recording of All saints Day Mass at Downham Market page 4/5: "No 'Sack' for this 'Rebel priest'" - 3 images of a Catholic priest concelibrating mass with an Episcopal priest (Sister) Page 6-8: "Reply to Bishop Grant" - " I have received a copy of your letters dated 26 November and 6 December, concerning Downham Market..." signed L Hurst
An article by Fr Bryan Houghton "This article is not written to prolong the needless controversy but to bring out the real issue which lies behind the differences between Father Baker and his Bishop...."