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Thursday, June 09, 2011

Criticism is Not Disloyalty

Fr. Hunwicke, a Church of England clergyman on his way to Rome, has announced his ordination into the Holy Catholic Church has been "deferred," apparently over "misunderstanding" concerning his blog, a must-read for thoughtful traditionalists on both sides of the Tiber. He announces he is closing the blog down "with immediate effect" and is deleting "comments on it (or emails sent to me) which are in any way whatsoever critical of the Catholic Church."

Hunwicke has been critical, often sharply, of many of the post-Vatican II reforms that caused so much damage to the Church. He may have touched a nerve of someone in the English Church's hierarchy, someone for whom criticism of contemporary liturgical practices is tantamount to disloyalty. Most certainly that is not the case for this good and pious cleric. Let us pray the matter is quickly resolved. The Church could use a priest of Hunwicke's intelligence, thoughtfulness and wit.

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