The meeting of the Essex members of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament took place at the Hall of St. Augustine’s Church, Rush Green, Romford on Saturday 12th November. Father Christopher Pearson, the Superior-General of the Confraternity, came and took the chair. Fr. Pearson put forward several suggestions of what the future shape of the of CBS might be and these were discussed. He sought to dispel the doubts that many expressed about the future of the Confraternity now that he, the Secretary-General and the Treasurer- General who are all Trustees are also now part of the Ordinariate. He said that we should hold a further meeting to give the Trustees an indication of our opinion on the best way forward on the proposals he had suggested.
There was considerable disquiet about the £1 million grant that the Trustees had made to the Ordinariate and it was generally felt that this was too much and that any gift should have been spread over a period of time. Just as parishes and priests had, in the past, to justify any request for a grant so members of the Ordinariate should be subject to the same discipline.
A proposal was made “that we no longer have confidence in the Trustees” which was seconded but he refused to put this to the vote on the basis that he didn’t consider the meeting properly constituted.
When he left the meeting, the Acting Ward Superior suggested that the Proposal be put and it was passed unanimously. This will be sent to the Charity Commissioners for their consideration.