9 in attendance [note: first time names provided of meeting attendees] Walsingham Pilgrimage - programme awaited; coach to be booked; Mr Smith to do posters Quiet Day - contact Fr Elias; November date Ecumenical Centre - churches to be viewed on 20 April at 3pm AOB - Statue to be made of oak and be hollow; letter of thanks to Mr Mellamphy; Ecumenical Society of BVM requested a talk about the Guild - July 4 at Tolleshunt Knight.
Walsingham Association National Mass is in Birmingham on 19 April at St Chad's Cathedral. At the Bi-annual meeting Anne Milton summarised places branches visit - if copies are required then please ask. Many on pilgrimage wish to visit the Church of the Annunciation in King's Lynn where the first post-reformation Shrine to Our Lady was established in 1897. The King's Lynn branch will held with arrangements.
Writing to Mr S J Aldus. Just found out Pat Scrutton is in hospital - wondering where that leaves managing the pilgrimages. As this is a Foot & Mouth free area it should not cause any trouble. Abel to steward this year? The pilgrimage numbers can be quite large (1,100 from Northampton Diocese schools) so need to spread the net wider. Hence will be writing to parishes in the Deanaries to ask for volunteers.
Page 1: "Commemorating and celebrating the procession ordered by His Grace, Cardinal Wolsey, which took place on the same day in 1528 Our Lady's Eve exactly four hundred and fifty one years ago"; "Unity through Grace" prayer Pages 2&3: Itinerary - Page 4: Walk/shrine history
Forwarding a letter from Rev Vassily James, whose anthropologist father (Rev Professor O E James) the Bishop knew. The letter is described as being critical of a Catholic pilgrimage to Walsingham. This, he passes on to Bishop Clark for his action, with the author's permission.
Butler, Basil Edward Christopher Rev OSB (1902-1986)
Has just received a reply from Cardinal Knox to his letter dated 9 October 1979. Discouraging - appreciate the Cardinal Hume's counsel. The inability to give General Absolution at time of pilgrimage is not a disaster - but the letter shows an addiction to strict and literal interpretation of the norms. He has instructed his clergy that in real necessity they are authorised to administer GA (the kind of necessity the Congregation does not admit!) and inform him after the fact. But this has been rarely used and with no criticisms Bishop Clark thinks that something has "leaked".
Attached letter - Bishop bemused about an apparent omission in which Bishop Donze appears not to be saying Mass . Also, "ruffled" that, if he was involved in the arrangements, Cardinal Hume has not been in touch with Bishop Clark.
Bishop congratulating Fr Allen on the event yesterday [National Pilgrimage]. Well planned and executed; requires a lot of backroom work. He was happy to accompany the Cardinal on the walk. Worried about the phrase "The Shrine Management" - watch it - this is the Shrine Council and Executive, not Bernard and John. Bishop abhors "creeping power as much as creeping infallibility!".
Whilst recognising that as Director of the Shrine, Fr Allen is busy, the Bishop asks if he'd consider being Vicar for the Religious in the East of the Diocese. Jim Kennedy covers the West. p.s. Good news about The Student Cross.
Surprised by the date of the National Pilgrimage - understood it always took place on the Sunday "between the two Madonnas". But if Cardinal Hume is coming then fine - but needs to be kept in the picture. Cannot accept Colin Gill's offer. Happy to commission Sister Elizabeth but if needed doing sooner then ask the Dean.
Written to Clive. "Where do I stand? Where do we stand?" It is strange to write months after the event. Unsure about the purposes of the Student Cross - "I do wish ... to ensure right and rich practice at Walsingham."
Still at a loss how to avoid hurt or misunderstanding by normal visitors or residents of Walsingham. Another venue rather than the Parish Church and to hold two separate Communions - speak to the Director of the Shrine. Your suggestion is a genuine and sincere. Suggest that you hold the liturgy in the Parish Church in Friday Market.
Cannot find it easy to accept your letter. The Student Cross has become a problem child if it provokes the difficult situation at Walsingham. The previous letter was close to Good Friday and he had to reply quickly but he would have thought that the Shrine Director would have given warning of his support for your solution. The Bishop argues that he is sensitive about anything that touches the Eucharist and that Fr Hibbert's liturgy could be misinterpreted: there are times when one has to stand within the disciplines of one's own church. Bishop does not remember being informed of a "trial" liturgy in 1982 after which event Fr Hibbert could have approached the Bishop. The Student Cross shows that in coming to Walsingham apparent incompatibilities can be resolved with good will. No need for a meeting until the Bishop has spoken to the Parish priest and the Director of Walsingham Shrine.