09 October 2010
So Ushaw is to close. I thought the writing was on the wall when I saw the photos of the former Junior Seminary here. In fact the writing was on the statues which had been vandalised, and in the liturgical books which had been abandoned, and on the atlar cloths which had been left on deserted altars.
There is an obvious and clunking allegory about stewardship; in fact there are two, when you bear in mind that the holy and consecrated place was built to train priests.
This is how decline is managed in the Catholic Church in England and Wales: by turning our backs on the past and walking away. But don't look backwards, ever, for fear of whatever might be looking forward at us.
Posted by Ttony at 16:33