Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI writes to the Friends of the Ordinariate

The letter from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

The Friends of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham were delighted and honoured to receive a letter from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI last week. Dated 10 October, it was written in reply to a letter sent to His Holiness by Nicolas Ollivant, Chairman of the Friends of the Ordinariate.

The Chairman had written to Benedict XVI to express his gratitude for the gift of the Ordinariate. He had also sent the Pope Emeritus a brief history – translated into German – of the Ordinariate’s central church, Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory’s, Warwick Street (London, W1). This church is built on the site of a Bavarian embassy chapel, which was pillaged during the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots (1780).

In his letter, His Holiness asked Nicolas Ollivant to “convey my thanks to all [the Ordinariate’s] members”, before saying that he is “particularly glad that the former Bavarian Chapel has now become … [the] Ordinariate’s church, and serves such an important role in the whole Church of God.”

Here is a translation of the letter, provided by an Ordinariate priest, Fr Daniel Lloyd:

Dear Mr Ollivant,

Since I know that you read the German language without difficulty, I may answer your friendly letter of 1 September in my mother tongue, since my English would not quite suffice to do so.

Your thanks for the establishment of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has greatly moved me, and I ask you to convey my thanks to all its members. Naturally, I am particularly glad that the former Bavarian Chapel has now become your Ordinariate’s church, and serves such an important role in the whole Church of God. It has been a long time since I have heard news of this holy place, and it was therefore with all the more interest and gratitude that I read the description with which you accompanied your letter. 

Once more, many thanks, and may God bless you all. 

Yours in the Lord,

Benedict XVI

To view a copy of the original letter, please click on the image above.

To find out more about the Ordinariate’s central church, please see HERE.