William Oddie on the Incorrupt Heart of St John Vianney
The fact that the man to whom the heart belonged is a canonised parish priest is mere coincidence.
The fact that the heart, in all truth, belonged in another sense solely to the Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Heart to which it was devoted and consecrated, is another coincidence. Just as an aside, does anyone have any idea what evidence for the existence of God would look like?
Anyway, that heart, the heart of St John Vianney is to visit Shrewsbury at the request of Bishop Mark Davies for the renewal of the Diocese and for the devotion of the Faithful. William Oddie asks why the incorrupt heart cannot do a tour in the style of the relics of St Therese of Lisieux. Oddie's idea is a suggestion, since given that the heart of the Cure of Ars will be in the country, why do not other Bishops desire the relic to come to their Diocese too? William Oddie suggests...
'I have an idea. The origin of the visit was in a visit Bishop Mark himself paid to Ars, where he has three seminarians: why not (surely there’s still time to arrange it) a halt at each one of the four remaining seminaries in England (as well as a visit to their local cathedrals), so that those preparing for their own priesthood might spend several days in the presence of this most powerful saint? It could hardly do less than irresistibly affect their priestly formation; it could be a major step in the renewal of the whole English Church.'
Would it be against the 'spirit of Vatican II' for the laity to ask their Bishops whether the incorrupt heart could come to their parish or Diocese? If it would not be against the spirit of Vatican II, should we be writing letters to our Bishops imploring that the heart visit our Dioceses?