Friday, 8 January 2010
Brighton: The Unlikely Heartbeat of English Catholicism
Are you a traditional Catholic?
Disaffected by your Bishops reticence in implementing Summorum Pontificum?
Fed up with saccharine preaching from your lukewarm, liberal Priest?
Sick of CAFOD meetings, Fairtrade coffee mornings and environmental claptrap?
If the answers to these questions are yes, then Brighton could be the place for you. Yes, over the years Brighton has attracted notoriety for being a town of ill repute, but it is in Brighton where you can still feel the pulse on the wrist of English Catholicism. Sure there are other places in the South and over the UK where the Traditional Latin Mass is celebrated, but don't you want to be in the centre of the restoration of English Catholicism? After all, St Mary Magdalen's is the Church in which Chesterton and Belloc worshipped. Chesterton, famous for having said, "St Mary Magdalen's is by far the most beautiful and best Church in the whole of the British Isles. I'm going to give them all my cash!", loved it here.
If you can't stand the idea of living in a town of hedonistic gays, lesbians and manladies then you could always live in Rottingdean and St Mary Magdalen's is only a bus journey, bike ride or car journey away.
It can be an expensive town, but if you've got money, its well worth it, since anything you have left over can be given to the Building Fund of St Mary Magdalen's Church. If you give the Church a substantial amount of money you could have your name on a gold plaque telling everyone who enters the Church to pray for the rest of your immortal soul.
Think about it.
You know it makes sense.
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