The website of the Catholic Herald includes an interesting article by Stephen Bullivant in which he asks the question: Could England's Catholic Church be entering a time of renewal? Most of the piece concerns the opening of the Syro-Malabar cathedral in Preston and the activities of the Syro-Malsbar Catholic community which he estimates at 40,000.
Stephen Bullivant also refers to a number of other encouraging initiatives. These include the School of the Annunciation at Buckfast Abbey, the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer in the Orkneys, the Sisters of the Gospel of Life in Glasgow, the Canons of St Ambrose and St Charles in Carlisle and the new Oratories in York, Manchester and Bournmouth. The Shrine Churches at New Brighton and Preston belonging to the Institute of Christ the King, and at Warrington belonging to the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter are also mentioned.
It is noticeable that almost all the examples Stephen Bullivant gives relate to the more traditional movements in the Catholic Church. Indeed, most have a strong attachment to the Latin Mass. If Stephen Bullivant's examples are anything to go by, the future Church could not only be a flourishing Church, but one where the Latin Mass also flourishes.
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