Thursday, March 12, 2009

Longley to Westminster

From Holy Smoke

Leading Vatican commentator Paolo Rodari says that Bishop Bernard Longley, a conservative auxiliary bishop from Westminster, will be named Archbishop of Westminster today.

If the news is true, then the Pope is indicating a change of direction for the Church in England and Wales: the Oxford-educated Bishop Longley, 53, is notably friendly to the traditional Latin Mass, and not a member of the Magic Circle. He is also popular, a fine public speaker (with a splendidly patrician voice) and a man who impresses with a quiet, warm manner.

Rodari was right about Timothy Dolan for New York, so everyone is taking this tip very seriously. More on the story later. But what a good choice this would be.

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