A N explanation of the decision not to publicise the reception into the Roman Catholic Church of an Anglican Canon and his wife was given this week by a Catholic spokesman.
Mgr. Patrick Casey, VicarGeneral of the Westminster Archdiocese, said the "no publicity" decision was taken so as to avoid embarrassing the Archbishop of Canterbury. The news did not come from Westminster.
Canon George Brigstocke, 75.
had been examining Chaplain to
D. Ramsey since 1959. This entailed testing newly-ordained
Anglican clergy in doctrinal matters.
He and his wife tormerly lived at Lambeth Palace where Mrs. Brigstocke was warden of a hostel for visiting dignitaries. They underwent instruction at Westminster Cathedral in January and informed Dr. Ramsey of their decision in August by letter.
A spokesman for Dr. Ramsey said this week that the Archbishop was sad that the couple had not consulted him as he would have liked the opportunity of advising them, although he would not have put any pressure on them. "The Archbishop does not think that their decision was a wise one, but he wishes them every contentment in their nets Church," he said. "He does not think this incident would in any way affect the friendship that is developing between the two Churches."
Canon Brigstocke, formerly a Canon of Durham Cathedral, was educated at Marlborough and Kehle College, Oxford. He was ordained in 1915. It is understood that the couple have settled in Sussex.