Monday, 25 August 2014
As you will all be aware, we had to expel Bishop Richardson from the Society of Such Pious Gents a few years ago. Some of you may be asking what are the main theological differences between the Society of Such Pious Gents and Bishop Richardson. It all began a few years ago when I had talks with Rome about the possibility of the Society of Such Pious Gents entering into communion with the Pope. In the event, the Society didn't enter into communion with the Pope, but the fact that there may have even been a possibility that we did so was a compromise too far for Bishop Richardson. This however is the opposite to the Church's teaching. Pope Leo XIII taught that it was absolutely necessary for bishops to be in communion with the Pope (Satis Cognitum, 1896). Whilst we're not in communion with the Pope, we're not as 'not in communion' as Bishop Richardson. We're only not in communion with the Pope because of the crisis in the Church.