Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Archbishop who wasn't a gentleman

There is an intriguing story told by several older priests about one of my predecessors who having been informed that Bishop, later Archbishop, Amigo was to visit St Mary Magdalen's wrote, "My Lord, I will offer you every facility that my Church may afford on your forthcoming visitation, however as for admittance to my house that can never be as you are not a gentleman". More elaborate versions of the story have the parish priest sending Amigo a "half crown" postal order for lunch. There is, possible not surprisingly, no account in the Southwark or Arundel and Brighton archives.
Does anyone have any information on this story? Who was the parish priest?

Many clergy in the diocese of Southwark disliked their bishop intensely, he could be pretty tough, he hated the Archbishop of Westminster (see the story about Mgr Wallace on the Main Page). There is one story about him which I rather like, he was stopped in the street by a rather high church Anglican clergyman, who said, "My Lord, I am a Catholic, I pray for you everyday at Mass, I believe you are my rightful bishop. In my church we obey all your rulings and read your pastoral letters ...etc. etc." To which the Archbishop said, "Mmm, in that case I suspend you, good day sir".

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