This weeks Tablet carries the astonishing claim that Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor not only regrets Mark Davies’ appointment as bishop but has made his disapproval public.
‘Bishop Davies appointment has certainly delighted conservatives; he recently handed the running of a parish to a traditionalist group, who exclusively celebrate the old rite. It would appear that Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor was absent when the congregation settled on Bishop Davies for Shrewsbury. “That’ll teach me to miss the plane”, he is said to have quipped.”
The Tablet explains the Cardinal’s attitude towards Bishop Mark Davies, who has courageously spoken out against gay marriage and the persecution of UK Christians, as stemming from his belief that ‘bishops will be more effective if they are diplomatic sorts rather than “cultural warriors”.
The Tablet also suggests that the apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Mennini may be holding off the appointment of new bishops in the UK until Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor turns 80 in August when he loses his place in the Congregation for Bishops.
The Apostolic Nuncio’s recent speech to the Bishops Conference of England and Wales indicates that unlike Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, he favours bishops who are outspoken and courageous in defending the faith.
Protect the Pope comment: It has been long suspected that Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, despite the diplomatic words, is not a big fan of Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. Based on the Tablet’s report this shouldn’t come as a surprise because both are exemplary ‘cultural warriors’.
It may not surprise but his attitude has been a bitter disappointment to may Catholics who are faithful and loyal to the teachings and discipline of the Faith, often at great personal cost such as homosexual men and women who live chaste lives or infertile couples who reject IVF because they respect the sanctity of life.
Unlike Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, and his like, Bishop Mark Davies, and a few others, offer us the hope that the Church in this country will revive after decades of ineffective ‘diplomacy’.
Tablet 5th May 2012. p. 17