From CATHOLIC ONLINE:
Saturday morning, January 15, 2011, in Westminster Cathedral, three former Anglican Bishops, who had resigned their ministry in order to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church through the Anglican Ordinariate, were ordained as Catholic Priests. The Ordinariate was dedicated to Blessed John Henry Newman.
COMMENT: The build up to this re-ordination service has seem many occasions when the Roman Catholic hierarchy has basically taken the piss out of Rowan Williams and the Church of England. Up to Saturday the biggest insult was Benny's shunning of good manners when he announced his takeover bid without consulting the Archbishop. But the deliberate choice of John Henry Newman is, in my informed opinion, an even bigger antithesis of Christian charity.
John Henry may have defected to Rome but for many years he has been regarded as a saint by the Church of England and revered by its liberal and catholic members, far more, than the Italians have ever done. He was, up to Saturday, regarded as a symbol of unity between the two churches. The recent rehabilitation of Newman by the Roman Catholics (the hierarchy has been suspicious of him and his real catholic theology since he poped) was obviously just part of the build up to their disgraceful act of triumphalism on Saturday.
Well, two can play at that game. I suggest that the Church of England declares Francis of Assisi as the patron saint of the upcoming Royal Weddings, especially the one where the Canadian, bride to be converted to Anglicanism so that her fiance could still keep his place in the royal succession.
Up yours back at you, Benny!