Tuesday, 5 July 2011
CBS make a Grant of £1 million to the Ordinariate!
I came home from our local Chapter of SSC yesterday absolutely seething. and now, after sleeping on it, I am still seething. What’s the cause of my wrath? Yesterday I was given the opportunity to read a Statement by the Superior General of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament. (Ann and I are Life members of CBS.)It appears that the Trustees have given a grant to the Ordinariate of ………wait for it……………£1 million. This was as a result by an appeal by the Ordinary Monsignor Keith Newton for financial assistance from the Confraternity. Neither we, nor as far as I can establish any other members, were consulted about this.
According to its Web Site the Objects of the Confraternity are as follows:
The Confraternity is established for the advancement of the catholic faith in the Anglican Tradition and in particular to promote:-
· the honour due to Jesus Christ our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament of his Body and Blood,
· prayer for one another at the Eucharist,
· careful preparation for and reception
of Holy Communion, including the Eucharistic fast,
· the reverent and dignified celebration of the Eucharist and the reservation and
veneration of the Blessed Sacrament,
· the continuance of the catholic priesthood, and catholic theological teaching,
learning and development.
Perhaps I am being obtuse but I can’t see how this grant to the Ordinariate fulfils any of these objects.
To achieve the Objects grants are made:-
To support our objects we are able, from time to time, to make Grants of vessels, vestments and tabernacles to poor and populous parishes both at home and overseas. Applications should be made to the Secetary General.
I have no problem with CBS making a grant to the Ordinariate but I do have an objection to the size of the grant made; in this instance by the Trustees with out any reference to the membership. The money held in trust by the Confraternity has been established over many years and I don’t believe it was the intention of many, if any, of the donors, that it should be used like this.
On the Web Site it says this: The Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament (CBS) was founded in 1862 as part of the Catholic Revival in the Church of England. Its aim was to be, first of all, a confraternity (brotherhood) of men and women praying and working for a greater devotion to Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Today it is no longer confined to England alone but has spread to many places within the Anglican Communion of churches, especially in Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and parts of Africa. There is a separate, self-governing CBS in the USA.Wherever possible members of CBS meet together in local Wards for prayer, worship and mutual support under the guidance of a priest as Ward Superior.
Interestingly, there is nothing about this grant of £1 million on the current CBS Web Site!!!!
It is intended to hold an urgent meeting of CBS members in the Redbridge, Havering, and North London areas as soon as practical to consider this.