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No illusions about communion with Rome

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15 December 2011

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From the Revd Bruce Bridgewood

Sir, — Most Roman Rite parishes do not for a moment consider that they are in communion with the Holy See: they know perfectly well that they are not (News, 25 November; Letters, 2 December).

Furthermore, in my experience, even if they do pray for the Holy Father, they also pray for the Archbishop of Canterbury and their own Ordinary.

Our Apostolic Lord of London obviously has never heard the old joke told (especially in the Edmonton area during Bishop Brian Masters’s time): parish priest to another parish priest: “Tell me, Father, do you you use the Roman Rite in your parish?” Answer: “Only when the Bishop comes.”

BRUCE BRIDGEWOOD
81 Warwick Road
London N11 2SP

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