Unusually the text presented in this blog today does not come from the Lectionary but is the text of a Pastoral Letter that, in Westminster Diocese, replaces the homily this weekend.
People have all sorts of opinions about the virtue and value of pastoral letters, let alone of any particular pastoral letter. However these letters do serve to remind that any particular gathering for Mass is only a gathering of a part of the local church, and that it is a gathering that is not complete unto itself.
Even though such gatherings take place without benefit of the physical presence of the Bishop, it is by his authority that they gather, under the presidency of the priest that the Bishop has appointed as his delegate, to celebrate for the pastoral benefit of the local community.
The Pastoral Letter which Cardinal Vincent issues for this Sunday reminds of that further communion that binds each local…
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