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30 September 2014

The End of the Magic Circle

The Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales has often been referred to as a Magic Circle, a name taken from the association of magicians who share the secrets of their tricks with each other, whilst agreeing not to disclose them with anyone outside the Circle. Until a few years ago, the Bishops Conference seemed very much like a Magic Circle that would only admit their closest friends and allies as members. That was until the appointment of Bishop Davies to the See of Shrewsbury in 2009. It soon became evident that Bishop Davies was capable of thinking for himself, and his decision to invite the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest to take care of the Dome of Home in the Wirrel was something of a watershed. The appointment of Bishop Egan to the See of Portsmouth in 2012 was another nail in the coffin for the Magic Circle. The retirement of several other bishops in quick succession, and their replacement by men with more open minds, continued the process. However, the scandal which has led to the resignation of the former Bishop Conry has put the Magic Circle beyond any possibility of revival. The only remaining founder member is Archbishop Nichols, and his authority is now severely curtailed. Instead, we have a much more varied selection of bishops, and this can only be good for the Church.


Tancred said...

Would you explain for the laymen among us how Archbishop Nichols' authority has been curtailed?

I eagerly welcome everything else you're writing here with interest.

I'm sure the new appointment will cheer you, too.

Et Expecto said...

Archbishop Nichols is a member of the Congregation for Bishops. That means that he, along with several other senior churchmen, bears responsibility for the appointment and conduct of bishops throughout the world. He would be in a better position than any other other member of that congregation to report on matters concerning Bishop Conry. People will be asking what he knew about the bishop.

Anonymous said...

As I have said elsewhere, following the resignation of the dreadful Mr O'Brien in St Andrews & Edinburgh and the re-hash by Leo Cushley of the same old faces in the diocesan curia—with the exception of Mgr Burke, "Who knew? Who knew?".

I agree with Et Expecto in asking this question of the Magic Circle in respect of the behaviour of Mr Conry.