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Queen Elizabeth Invites Cardinal To Preach To Royal Family
ZENIT.org News Agency ^ | 6-Dec-2001 | Zenit

Posted on 12/06/2001 8:28:17 AM PST by patent

In the spirit of recent articles about the Queen and Queens past (See, e.g., Queen Dismisses Linux (as the software for the royal family’s website), I give you:

QUEEN ELIZABETH INVITES CARDINAL TO PREACH TO ROYAL FAMILY

Historic Offer to Stay at Country Retreat House

LONDON, (Zenit.org).- In a historic gesture, Queen Elizabeth has invited the Catholic primate of England and Wales to stay at the Sandringham country retreat house and to preach to the Royal Family.

The invitation to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O´Connor marks a formal end to 500 years of antagonism and suspicion between the monarch as supreme governor of the Church of England and the Catholic Church, the Telegraph newspaper reported.

Cardinal Murphy-O´Connor will be the first Catholic archbishop of Westminster to stay with the Queen at her Norfolk estate and to preach at the Sunday morning service.

It is expected that Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and other members of the Royal Family will be staying at Sandringham on the same weekend of Jan 12 and 13.

"The cardinal is greatly honored by the Queen´s invitation," said his spokesman Tuesday. "This is a further sign of the Queen´s own determination to promote ecumenical relations within the nation."

The Queen´s invitation to the cardinal is the culmination of years of careful and gradual friendship-building between the historic enemies.

In 1982 the Queen greeted John Paul II at Buckingham Palace. In November 1995 she became the first monarch since the Stuarts to take part in a Catholic service when she attended vespers at Westminster Cathedral. In October 2000 she met with the Holy Father at the Vatican.

The Queen was also an admirer of the late Cardinal Basil Hume, whom she called "my cardinal."

In 1999, when he was dying of cancer, she appointed him to the Order of Merit. The honor was greeted as a sign of his success in moving the Catholic Church to the heart of British public life.

A Palace spokesman acknowledged the historic significance of the invitation. He said: "This is in the spirit of cooperation, unity and friendship that Her Majesty has always practiced. It is a sign of the ecumenical age we are in."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catholiclist; europeanchristians; queenelizabeth; royals

1 posted on 12/06/2001 8:28:17 AM PST by patent
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To: father_elijah; Antoninus; aposiopetic; Salvation; ELS; nina0113; Steve0113; el_chupacabra...
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patent

2 posted on 12/06/2001 8:28:38 AM PST by patent
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To: patent
Wow. The last Catholic priest who tried this got disembowelled.

The times they are a-changing.

3 posted on 12/06/2001 8:31:10 AM PST by wideawake
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To: wideawake
I wonder how the Cardinal's sermon will go over?
4 posted on 12/06/2001 8:32:39 AM PST by patent
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To: patent
I wonder if any of the Catholic royals will be invited.
5 posted on 12/06/2001 8:34:36 AM PST by Romulus
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To: patent
Considering that almost no one in England any longer attends the the Church of England, maybe this will be a start to bringing some people back to the Church.
6 posted on 12/06/2001 8:39:23 AM PST by Straight Vermonter
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To: Romulus
I was wondering that too. I don't have much of a head for royal protocol though.
7 posted on 12/06/2001 8:40:58 AM PST by patent
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To: patent
The end must be near.
8 posted on 12/06/2001 8:44:28 AM PST by firebrand
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To: firebrand
LOL. Think we could tie this to Revelations somehow?
9 posted on 12/06/2001 8:47:03 AM PST by patent
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To: patent
The Queen was also an admirer of the late Cardinal Basil Hume, whom she called "my cardinal."

The local Jesuit superior took his college students on a trip to London a few years back, and they were priviliged to attend a mass with Cardinal Hume. For reasons unclear to me, Her Royal Majesty was in attendance. Knowing the impropriety of intercommunion, she instead sought a blessing from His Eminence(which he cheerfully gave) in the humble manner of a child: arms crossed like St. Andrew's saltire across her bosom.

10 posted on 12/06/2001 8:55:41 AM PST by Dumb_Ox
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To: patent
"Queen Elizabeth has invited the Catholic primate of England and Wales"

I didn't know catholics ordained monkeys. ;-)Just kidding.

11 posted on 12/06/2001 8:56:21 AM PST by okie_tech
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To: patent
Wake me up when the English Monarch and Parliament recognize their lack of ecclesial authority.
12 posted on 12/06/2001 8:57:22 AM PST by eastsider
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To: Dumb_Ox
She has class, unlike their Royal Hideousnesses, Billy Jeff and Hitlery Klinton.
13 posted on 12/06/2001 8:59:17 AM PST by ArrogantBustard
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To: okie_tech
I'd cheerfully substitute orangutans for some of our Bishops. Their gibbering would actually make more sense.
14 posted on 12/06/2001 9:01:05 AM PST by ArrogantBustard
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To: ArrogantBustard
Not only does she have class; her son has been quoted once or twice as saying that if he were king, he would "disestablish" the Church of England so that it was not the "state" church, and that he himself would not be considered the "head" of it (leaving that honor presumably to the Archbishop of Canterbury.)
15 posted on 12/06/2001 9:03:06 AM PST by ikanakattara
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To: ikanakattara
Not only does she have class; her son has been quoted once or twice as saying that if he were king, he would "disestablish" the Church of England so that it was not the "state" church, and that he himself would not be considered the "head" of it (leaving that honor presumably to the Archbishop of Canterbury.)

Good morning!
16 posted on 12/06/2001 9:05:11 AM PST by eastsider
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To: patent
This is a welcome move.

Contrast it with Tony Blair, who said it would be too much trouble to repeal the old laws against having a Catholic monarch, but who went to endless trouble to lower the age of homosexual consent.

17 posted on 12/06/2001 9:21:17 AM PST by Cicero
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To: ikanakattara
he would "disestablish" the Church of England

Whoa Nellie!!

I hadn't even considered that possibility. Anyone have any thought on what this does for reunion?

18 posted on 12/06/2001 9:34:41 AM PST by Claud
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To: patent
She must be desperate to civilize her rowdy offspring! (no flames -- just joking)

Seriously, this is a great advance.

19 posted on 12/06/2001 9:37:36 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: okie_tech
Lots of them.
20 posted on 12/06/2001 9:43:42 AM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: Arthur McGowan
There are many Anglican converts to the RC Church, including the former C of E Bishop of London, the Duchess of Kent..etc....Of course most of these conversions occur because of the work of conservative/traditionalist institutions such as the Brompton Oratory or the Latin Mass Society.....

Princess Di's mother, the Lady Francis S-K is also a convert and at Di's funeral, Charles provoked some commentary when he crossed himself in RC fashion.

21 posted on 12/06/2001 9:49:37 AM PST by watsonfellow
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To: patent
This gesture has Pope John Paul II written all over it. His consistant goodness, compassion, honesty and morality cannot help but have a positive effect on humanity.

Thank you God for our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II.

22 posted on 12/06/2001 3:17:17 PM PST by EODGUY
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To: Dumb_Ox; patent
The Queen was also an admirer of the late Cardinal Basil Hume, whom she called "my cardinal."

I love that story Dumb_Ox!

Cardinal Hume must have been well-loved in England. There is rose named in honor of him and it is extremely popular there. American rose suppliers are beginning to carry it as well. 'Cardinal Hume' (the rose) has beautiful maroonish-purple cupped blooms that are extremely fragrant.

23 posted on 12/06/2001 3:22:59 PM PST by Nubbin
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To: EODGUY
You are correct.
24 posted on 12/06/2001 3:41:03 PM PST by onyx
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To: MadIvan; patent
Your thoughts please. Also, see post #15 and please comment or provide added info.
25 posted on 12/06/2001 3:43:06 PM PST by onyx
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To: patent
Patent, I thank you so much for finding out these marvelous articles and tidbits. From the bottom of my heart! V's wife.
26 posted on 12/06/2001 4:08:16 PM PST by ventana
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To: patent
Someone with some kind of interprettation possibly could relate it to Revelations.. By the way when was Revelations renamed from the Apocalypse. My bible still calls it the Apocalypse.
27 posted on 12/06/2001 11:11:54 PM PST by .45MAN
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To: .45MAN
By the way when was Revelations renamed from the Apocalypse. My bible still calls it the Apocalypse.

"Revelation" is simply the translation of "Apocalypse." My Greek-Latin NT titles the book "Apocalypse of John."

Here's a Greek dictionary definition: uncovering, of the head, Phld.Vit.p.38J.; disclosing, of hidden springs, Plu.Aem.14: metaph., a(marti/aj Id.2.7o f; revelation, esp. of divine mysteries, Ep.Rom.16.25, etc.; of persons, manifestation, 2 Ep.Thess.1.7, etc.; title of the Apocalypse.

28 posted on 12/07/2001 1:46:15 AM PST by Dumb_Ox
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To: .45MAN
I don't know when it was renamed, many of the books have been called different things over time, or have slightly different names in different Bibles. I used the word Revelations given the context of who I was ribbing and their preferred name for the book.

patent

29 posted on 12/07/2001 6:16:20 AM PST by patent
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To: patent
I wonder if the homily will be on divorce and remarriage.
30 posted on 12/07/2001 9:58:26 AM PST by Steve1789
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To: patent
Hallo, patent. Glad to see you are continuing to post great articles like this one. It is a wonderful thing to imagine Queen Elizabeth II repairing the damage done by Elizabeth I. I know I can pray for that whole heartedly.

With the Anglican Church dying on the vine, perhaps Her Majesty envisions a change of vineyard. One can pray.

elijah+
There is no God but God,
and Jesus Christ is God's only-begotten Son.

31 posted on 12/11/2001 7:26:49 PM PST by father_elijah
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Whoaaa! Every so often I fall into a time warp. This is one of those moments. All of FR is now December 2001.


32 posted on 03/21/2008 9:55:10 PM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp
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