English Orange Bishop speaks in advance of the 12th

William Crawley gives us a heads up to a fascinating feature on his Sunday Sequence programme (40 mins in), in which an Orangeman extolls the virtues of dialogue and moving forward. As an English Bishop Henry Richmond is 52 years an Orangeman, although he lays the caveat that he is not familiar with a lot of the specific situations. His lodge is based in Oxford, which is mostly made up of people from Northern Ireland but more from Scotland. As William notes, when he speaks on the Twelth on Wednesday: “he will tell his Orange brethren that the preachers of the Protestant Reformation would be “amazed” at the extent to which some of their ideals have been realised in the present Roman Catholic Church”.

  • Nevin

    Mick, Bishop Henry was born in Wattlebridge, Co Cavan, and he’s previously been on an OO platform in Co Fermanagh.

  • Mick Fealty

    Thanks for that Nevin. He’s still an English Bishop though, in a certain manner of speaking.

  • Nevin

    Mick, I wonder what the Bish thinks of little orange men …

    [i]According to Henry Richmond, Bishop of Repton, “Alien life forms could exist. I’d like to think that ETs were human-like but we might have to adjust our ideas and recognise that even little green men are another form of intelligent life that we oughtn’t to feel threatened by.”[/i]

    He’s also got strong views on faith schools:

    [i]
    Faith schools put to the test
    , Letters , The Times , 5/10/05
    From Bishop Henry Richmond

    Sir, I wrote to you when I was Bishop of Repton saying that “ . . . it saddens me that the churches and the state (in my native Northern Ireland) continue to acquiesce in the sectarian divide by allowing aided (faith) schools to continue” (letter, February 4, 1992).

    .. My hope and prayers are that both politicians and church leaders will increasingly campaign for schools where faith is cherished but not isolated. HENRY RICHMOND , Oxford [/i]

  • The Martyrs Memorial LOL in Oxford is a good group of men. I remember seeing some of them up at Drumcree one year.

  • pith

    …and how good is that? Eh?

  • Greenflag

    “he will tell his Orange brethren that the preachers of the Protestant Reformation would be “amazed” at the extent to which some of their ideals have been realised in the present Roman Catholic Church”.

    Ideals ? What ideals? . The RC Church is on the road to minority status in the Irish Republic and almost non existence in other parts of Europe . The ‘protestant’ reformation exists among a handful of nutters in parts of Northern Ireland . Bishop Henry just like Catholic Archbisop Martin are both relics of a bygone era when ‘clerics’ wielded their ‘magic’ powers of intervention with the divine in heaven in return for a good living here on earth .

    Paisley is just another in a long line of heaven magicians who are becoming ever more irrelevant to the future of modern Ireland .

  • Slugger O’Toole Admin

    GF,

    have you heard him speak read the blog above?

  • Greenflag

    Yes. Bishop Henry means well. He’s been living in England for a long time . Enough said .
    I’m not interested in religion or how many angels fit on the point of a pin. It’s in politics and economics that the solution will be found not whether transubtantiation or women bshops make sense !