Sunday 13 December 2009

The wrong venue

Should the Holy Father beatify Cardinal Newman at Wembley Stadium? No, of course not. Remember what John Henry Newman gave up in life and what he embraced; the challenges he faced, the greatest thinker which England has produced in centuries and the learning he gave to the Church. His beatification is not a stadium event, but is an event of great dignity. What about Westminster Cathedral, or St Chad's or the Oratory in Birmingham, or Oscott College?

There is a major blog-gap coming up now as I take a break over Christmas. I'll be back later in January.


Fr Joseph OP said...

I believe Coventry airport is the proposed venue, according to the Telegraph.

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Bernadette said...

And Pope John Paul II did say Mass there in 1984. However, even the NIA would be more suitable than Coventry Airport. Villa Park holds 40,000 but even that wouldn't be large enough. How do you find a venue big enough for this sort of event ? It either has to be somnewhere totally unsuitable, or somewhere totally appropriate, admitting only a chosen few. The organisers can't win. Given that this will be a major national event, they might as well rent some fields in the middle of nowhere with massive screens and hope everyone stays at home to watch it on their new HD definition 42" TVs.

Fr Richard Aladics said...

Bernadette, it was in 1982, Pentecost Sunday, and I was there.

bernadette said...

Yes, sorry 1982. Was it good ? I was at Cardiff, Ninian Park, in a front row.

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