Off-The-Cuff Comment



And it came to pass Archbishop Vincent “Quisling” Nichols celebrated Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in the splendid liturgical setting of the Brompton Oratory, packed to the brim on a day which, in England, is not a day of obligation.

As Quisling was genuflecting in front of the altar (which at the Oratory is invariably ad orientem) I could not avoid a thought:

“Has he been told this is not a Hindu temple”?



Posted on December 8, 2014, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Did Archbishop Nichols offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass ad orientem?

    • Yes.
      No other choice, though.
      The Brompton Oratory simply does not have any altar ad populum. Nor would they, I strongly suspect, put an ironing board with a towel ad populum on the sanctuary in order to please a cardinal.

  2. Was he wearing the lovely floral arrangement? He may have mistaken his destination. Or maybe his driver got his schedule mixed up. How embarrassing, to feel obligated to actually genuflect!

    • I think to him it was like those visit to the in-laws….

      The setting and music was wonderful, btw.

      All the splendor of Catholicism, and you would have struggled to find any sign that V II happened in the first place.

      The Cardinal also has a functioning Latin: a bit rusty and with strong English inflection here and there, and a tad slow, but very workable.


  3. I recall a bishop agreeing to Celebrate a TLM at a church in NW England. Only to find out he had refused to utilise the appropriate Lectionary but that for the NOM. The same bishop also refused to let a Traditional Order take-over a church which was effectively redundant – on the basis it would have a negative [financial?] effect on adjacent parishes!

    Talk about mealy-mouthed and he was considered orthodox.

  4. The Second Commandment:

    You shall have no other gods before me.
    You shall not make for yourself a graven image,
    or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above,
    or that is in the earth beneath,
    or that is in the water under the earth;
    you shall not bow down to them or serve them;
    for I the LORD your God am a jealous God,
    visiting the iniquity of the fathers
    upon the children to the third and the fourth
    generation of those who hate me,
    but showing steadfast love to thousands of those
    who love me and keep my commandments.

  5. I am a cradle Catholic but my wife, son in law and Mother in law were converts to Catholicism.
    I just normally like the long version of just about everything, like long windy ocean front drives that hug the ocean or watching a re run of a great football game. ( eg: long version (reverent version of Eucharistic prayer that reads the names of many Saints) This is from Exodus Exodus 20:4-6

    George Brenner

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