There is some correspondence on the possible uses that 'redundant' Protestant churches could bring to utilise in making them meaningful and useful places in the community.
They could, the paper warbles, become the centre point of the country living English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish men and women's social and cultural life.
Lord Kenyon advocates them becoming the focal point for those who wish to show their holiday snaps to the community. Zzzz!
Well that calls for a dance around the room punching the air and high fiving all in sight!
And to think that senile old me was under the illusion that the role of any Christian church was to be at the heart of the community providing worship, pastoral care and succour to all of us folk who have straw in our hair and rather smelly stuff on our boots!
|Perhaps the Oratorians could make good use of York Minster?|
Why not hand them
Whoa! You say. We have no need of these old buildings that are so cold and drafty that our priests from darkest Africa and all points further East, would find most inhospitable.
Quite. I have to concede that point.
But they could be given (entrusted, even) to some of our traditional orders such as the FSSP, the ICKSP and even, (whisper it softly) the SSPX.
What! The SSPX? Well, why not?
The SSPX is in need of putting down some pastoral roots and I'm sure there are many additional orders such as the FFI and others who would put them to good use.
It could be the first step to returning England (and all others) to Mary's Dowry.