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Put the ordinariate in charge of schools

SIR – The recent news about abuse at two major Catholic schools has been very distressing (Britain, News & analysis, August 17). I did not attend either Ampleforth or Downside but am familiar with their high academic reputation and I have friends from both schools. The possibility that these schools may not survive would be a terrible blow to Catholic education in the United Kingdom.

Perhaps now is the time to rethink the approach to the management of these schools in order to separate the monasteries from the schools while retaining their Catholic ethos. The Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, wrote of the prophetic nature of the establishment of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The ordinariate now comprises more than 100 priests.

These priests are all former Anglican priests (apart from two newly ordained former seminarians and two former deacons) and about 90 per cent of them are married. Priests of the ordinariate work in parishes around the country. They work as hospital and prison chaplains. But there are only four parishes which are wholly cared for by ordinariate priests.

The ordinariate has its own liturgy which is known as Divine Worship and is a distinct form of the Latin Rite.

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