...has not had good echoes in recent days.The Parliamentary financial scandals are reverberating around, and the sense that Parliament has in recent years lost its authority is much discussed: we are only just beginning to grasp the full implications of all of this.
But there is another Westminster in the news today, as the new Archbishop was installed at Westminster Cathedral. Yesterday evening I attended the Solemn Vespers attended by the Archbishop - evening light pouring through the Cathedral windows, voices chanting. Lots of lovely titles of Our Lady in the litany - Our Lady of Hal, our Lady of Westminster - and lots of English saints: Erconwald, Elphege, Etheldreda...
Today, the Mass was broadcast to people outside in the piazza, and with a young relative I dropped by...it was rather marvellous to hear the prayers pouring out into London, and to be caught up in them. The new Archbishop took up, in his sermon exploring St Paul, the theme of faith and reason, echoing the H. Father on this subject.
London was bathed in sunshine - we spent the afternoon in St James Park, our sandwiches the first picnic of the year.