Friday, 13 March 2009

Archbishop Kelly's Sermon at the Funeral of Fr Kevin Finn

Many thanks to the Archbishop of Liverpool, the Most Reverend Patrick Kelly. In a sermon given during the requiem Mass of Fr Kevin Finn, our Archbishop must have known his words would go on record and express what I think many catholics have looked forward to hearing from a senior Bishop. A brief excerpt is reproduced below and the full sermon can be found here

"And today I bear witness and give thanks for the fidelity of Kevin and so many other priests, religious, men and women, to the pruning, correcting, renewing, transforming, transfiguring Second Vatican Council. This moment demands a word from me to those who feel confused, bruised by the general apparent implications and the specific hideous holocaust-denying element of the lifting of the excommunication of the four Bishops who rejected and
encouraged others to reject the Second Vatican Council. They rejected the renewal of worship, grounded in a deeper understanding of the Mass, the Lord's Supper and our whole
life of prayer and praise: they rejected the ecumenical charter, gloriously affirmed in Liverpool’s Hope Street in the monument to Bishop David Sheppard and Archbishop Derek Worlock; a monument to a journey that was searching, often difficult, never simplistic. They rejected such documents as those that insisted we must walk a new way with those live the Jewish faith, the Muslim and other religions."

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