Nichols calls on faithful to embrace change

CCN – The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, today issued a stirring appeal for change to the Catholic faithful.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Thought For The Day, Archbishop Nichols said, “Hullo Brian, hullo Sue. You know, the other day I saw Austen Ivereigh gesticulating wildly and declaiming something about Barack Obama and change we can believe in. At first I though Austen was just having a little turn – he’s been a bit moody since someone stole his toadstool and fishing rod – but then it occurred to me that there was in fact an important message in his jibber-jabber.

“My mind flashed back to the popular 1980s Liverpudlian sitcom Bread, with its inspiring portrayal of a big family all pulling together to get through the hard times. Once again we are living in hard times, and the Church is determined to play its part in pulling together. For example, we are currently rolling out an ambitious programme of reducing our heating bills by insulating all our churches and schools with millions of unsold copies of the Tablet. In doing this we hope to combine our economy drive with our plan to make the Church carbon-neutral. And I believe, in a very real sense, that points us in the direction of the change we need to go forward together.

“So I am asking the faithful to have a good rummage down the back of their sofas, and see if you can find any spare change. Or perhaps you have a jar of pennies that’s just lying around doing nothing. At this point I recall what Our Lord said in the Parable of the Talents about how it is praiseworthy to put your change to work. So, instead of having your penny jar just sitting on the fireplace gathering dust, you may like to consider contributing to the common good by sending it to Mgr Andrew Summersgill. Every little helps.

“And, if possible, it would be nice to get it before the papal visit next month. Not to put too fine a point upon it, if this turns out to be a complete shambles it will make me look very bad in front of the Holy Father and, more importantly, Chris Patten. This dreadful loss of face could just possibly be avoided if the faithful look in their hearts, and down the back of their sofas of course, and truly grasp the necessary change.”



  1. crouchback said,

    August 5, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Vinny lost his cool last week in Lourdes……Letitia Lady Crouchback, who is comparatively new to the Traditional Latin Mass, told him that…. “People like you are getting in the way”… stopping, poor, pig ignorant Catholics from learning about the faith and te Traditional Mass……

    Vinny pursed his lips, looked towards the heavens and flounced off……probably to the grotto and a cold bath.

  2. shane said,

    August 5, 2010 at 1:25 am

    France is the centre of traditionalist Catholicism. If you’re ever in Paris do check out the SSPX’s St Nicholas du Chardonnet. They have about six Masses every Sunday (and several in the weekdays) – all packed.

    SSPX followers in Paris, led by their priest Mgr François Ducaud-Bourget, marched into St Nicholas in 1977 and took it over. They expelled the priest and the congregation and have occupied it ever since.

    Missa Cantata offered on the Last Sunday after Pentecost:

    • Newminster said,

      August 6, 2010 at 4:00 pm

      Paris is a bit far for me but given the regular Sunday offering (or should that be suffering) in my part of the Autun diocese I would be prepared to travel considerable distances for a recognisable OF though if anyone knows of a Tridentine Mass in southern Burgundy I might be prepared to say a small prayer for his/her soul!

  3. mundabor said,

    August 5, 2010 at 8:41 am

    my compliments to Lady Crouchback!
    “…..if this turns out to be a complete shambles it will make me look very bad in front of the Holy Father and, more importantly, Chris Patten.”

    Liked that a lot 😉 but again it is the Holy Father who appointed him so he is just reaping what he sowed.


    • HAL said,

      August 6, 2010 at 1:08 am

      Time and Time again the church ignore their servents, the poor, and presume they have Sofas.Some of those copies of the Tablet could of been put to better use as bedding for mendicants or even kindle.My local Parish priest Rev Koskov urges understanding and prays the Holy Fathers visit can generate enough revenue to buy Austin a new and even bigger toadstool.

  4. August 6, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Oh dear!
    I thought things were preposterous over here, “across the pond”, USA.
    Citing Obama is a real “turn-off” to a large number of folks over here.
    But scrounging in the sofa?
    I thought one did that for ciggies or beer money?
    Am I wrong?

  5. St Malachy said,

    August 6, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Mean, very mean. But also very funny 🙂

  6. Res Miranda said,

    August 6, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    You’ll have to forgive Austen if he’s been a bit tetchy lately – he’s had a lot on his mind. Here he is with the new Frau Doktor Ivereigh:
    Ooops, sorry, wrong link:

  7. Newminster said,

    August 7, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    shane …
    Merci beacoup. Chalon ought to be within reach and it just so happens our local parish doesn’t have a Mass on the last Sunday of the month.

  8. August 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm

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