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Letters to AO

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Letters from 11 to 17 July 2011

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But time marches on

Thank you for your essay on the CBS and its historical context. My only knowledge of them came from a chalice in my first parish, adorned with their arms or seal, which prompted me at the time to look them up.

Undoubtedly some of the founders of CBS are spinning in their graves, and the optics of the current situation are not at all favourable to the current directors or the Ordinariate. But time marches on. The law is not favourably disposed to the hand of the dead directing the living for untold generations to come, and wisely so.

The Rev. James Pratt
St. Philip
Montréal-Ouest, Quebec, CANADA
11 July 2011

But it's their money

In regard to your editorial this week,

Pray, are not the same people in the CBS the very people entering the Ordinariate of the Catholic Church? If so, you folks at Anglicans Online have no reason to worry. They are just taking along what belongs to them, namely, their own patrimony in the CBS. Think of it this way: In a divorce, the different parties split their joint belongings equally and go their separate ways, while keeping some shared memories of one another. It seems to me that the people at CBS have determined that their conferers joining the Catholic Church should go with their own half of the joint belongings.

Besides this, a confraternity in charge of its own funds is free to do whatever it pleases with the funds. Who would question a parish which the pastor and the members decide to do, with their own funds, whatever they please, so long as it is for something positive? No one in his or her right mind, I have reason to believe. So, my friends at Anglicans Online, just let CBS be. They have the right to do whatever it is they please with their own money.

Kessy J. Francis
Cathedral of theTransfiguration
Owerri Imo State, NIGERIA
11 July 2011

Shell game

I am scandalized by what appears to be a simple case of theft of funds by the leaders of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament in re-writin the bypass of the society so that they can be supported by said funds, having transferred them to the Ordinariat, once they themselves had made their submission to Rome.

I very much hope th the British authorities will see this shell game for what it is.

Pierre Whalon
Convocation of Churches in Europe
12 July 2011

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