Congratulations on your ordination, Father Vincent
Vincent Malone was ordained priest at St Mellitus Church, Tollington Park yesterday. Unfortunately your humble blogger couldn't be there for the occasion but Vincent spent some time at my parish as a deacon - his time intersected with that of the late and sorely missed Father Edward Houghton - and he struck me as a good egg. Hence his ordination is a worthy matter of blogging record.
This post cannot end without some acknowledgement of the challenges which face new priests like Father Vincent. The English Church is at the moment a flabby class-ridden thing overburdened by a layer of self-serving social-climbing bureaucratic nonentities which lacks focus and direction. That's the truth of the matter and there's no point in sanitising it. That isn't to say that she isn't capable of turning herself around, trimming the fat and renewing herself; obviously she is. Hope for her future rests to a significant extent with the Father Vincent Malones of this world and his generation of new and one hopes, passionately Catholic priests. Theirs is an awesome responsibility; to be true shepherds in the hour of the wolf. I'm confident that Father Vincent is up to the task.