Archbishop Nichols is in charge, isn't he! His authority was stamped all over the liturgical action. Agressively Ordinary Form, aggressively rubrically accurate. Not much cheer for Hans Kung, and precious little for the SSPX either; does anyone know if Cardinal Mahony enjoyed it? Whose idea was the odd arrangement of candles: big six plus a pontifical seventh, but all behind the altar? And wasn't the music good!
This wasn't farewell and thank-you to Cormac; nor was it the inauguration of some great ecumenical initiative; Archbishop Nichols became Archbishop of Westmister and, whatever Canon Law might say, head Catholic honcho in England and Wales.
I was only seriously irritated by one thing: why were the Orthodox guests seated among the rest of the congregation while the Anglicans and what I assume was a Salvation Army woman got to sit in choro?
Excellent comment from Fr Greg. Perhaps the Orthodox guests had been invited but didn't want to join in. Thanks, Father.