Archbishop Mennini spoke about the audience he had with the Holy Father after being appointed Nuncio to Great Britain. Amongst the things that Pope Benedict XVI wished to highlight was that the bishops of England and Wales be “generous in implementing the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus." This definitely seems to have happened, and speaking in the Pope's name, Antonio Mennini thanked all the bishops for the "meticulous" way in which they had carried out that mandate. In fact, having spoken with many new members of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham - priests, religious and lay - I know that the Catholic Church in England and Wales has been exceptionally welcoming (bar a few incidents and bitter words from so-called "progressives") to those who have already decided to take advantage of the Pope's offer in Anglicanorum Coetibus.
Of course, this will be the big liturgical event of the year - when we finally get a translation that befits the most Holy Mass. The Nuncio mentioned that this event would provide an excellent opportunity for catechises on our liturgical celebration of the Eucharist. He also dwelt on the fact that some people (probably the same ones who are bitter about the Ordinariate) will not welcome this beautiful translation of the Mass. Reminding the bishops that "we, as well as the faithful, do not always find change easy", Archbishop Mennini diplomatically asked for sensitivity to be shown "towards those persons who are perhaps less enthusiastic" about the liturgical changes that will be seen from September.
Of course, there was nothing radically new in what the Apostolic Nuncio had to say to the College of Bishops, rather he wished to re-emphasise all those matters that seem close to Pope Benedict XVI's heart and mission: New Evangelisation and the new media; combating secularism and the dictatorship of relativism; ecumenical dialogue whilst retaining and proclaiming the deposit of truth; the importance of the Ordinariate of Our lady of Walsingham to the whole Church in England and Wales; and a need to learn anew the mysteries of our faith as presented in the liturgy and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.