The death of Canon John Redford last week has deprived the Church in England and Wales of a great theologian and priest who was passionate about teaching and defending the fullness of truth of Catholic doctrine. Fr John was one of those rare priests who was not embarrassed or apologetic in public about being Catholic and his love of the Catholic Church shone out for all to see. And Fr John was always gracious, understanding but firm with opponents of the Church’s teaching.
In 2010 in the run up to Pope Benedict’s state visit to the UK Canon John Redford took part in a radio programme on the topic of the ordination of women for BBC West Midlands. It includes the great line from Fr John ‘I remember during the fourth century….’ and the host of the show replies with some humour, ‘I didn’t know you’ve been around that long Fr John’ Fr John really enjoyed taking part in radio discussions and was frequently invited to be a guest by local BBC radio.
Here is an opportunity for colleagues, friends and students to listen again to the voice of our colleague and mentor who we will miss so very much and who we pray this Sunday is celebrating the eternal Supper of the Lamb with the communion of saints.