I was off to the Highland Games yesterday 🙂 I must admit that over the years I reluctantly became a fan of the pipes and drums. I used to hate them – now I love them. Lots of great drumming and piping and highland dancing. The weather was perfect.
Interesting developments on the mysterious case of Canada’s abdicating bishop…
It looks like Anonymous’ tip of 13 May 2010 was right on. If the information posted on the blog yesterday is accurate – and I have no reason to doubt it – Bishop James Wingle has indeed been in the Holy Land.
31 July 2010: Bishop Wingle letter to Monsignor Kirkpatrick
After months of silence and mystery, a letter to parishioners from Monsignor Kirkpatrick, administrator of the diocese, from the bishop. And presumably another from the Bishop himself !
TWO “letters” in one day!!!
Two because Monsignor Kirkpatrick actually decided to publicize the personal “letter” he received from Bishop Wingle!
All of this newsy transparency and fan fare comes on the heels of this article – which ran the same day as the letters! :
31 July 2010: Where on earth is Bishop Wingle?
Assuming the “letters” are fact, does anyone else think this is all passing strange?
(I put “letters” in quotes because it seems to me that the “letter” from Bishop Wingle must in fact be an email. How else explain that Kirkpatrick’s letter to parishioners and Wingle’s “letter” to Kirkpatrick are dated the same day?)
If these letters are fact, is it sheer happenstance that Wingle dispatched a personal email to Kirkpatirck which Kirkpatrick in turn decided to publicize throughout the diocese the same day the article “Where on earth is Bishop Wingle” ran?
Before I say more I would really appreciate confirmation of the “letters.” Could those within the diocese of St. Catharine’s please let me know if the document was indeed read at Sunday Masses and/or posted on bulletin boards?
I also see that there was a short article in Friday’s Standard which is not accessible right now but is cached. Here the cached copy:
In search of Bishop James Wingle
Posted By Standard Staff
Posted 37 minutes agoSt. Catharines Standard reporter Grant LaFleche is on his way back to Niagara after a 1,000-km journey in search of Bishop James Wingle, who resigned his post in Niagara April 7 with barely a word. LaFleche visited the Wingle family farm in Eastern Ontario and talked to those closest to the Bishop to get their thoughts on the mysterious resignation that has left Catholics in Niagara puzzled and concerned.Not a word has been heard from Wingle or the Catholic church since his departure but he remains a hero in the small community where he grew up and where some of his family continue to live.
Watch for Grant’s full report in the St. Catharines Standard Saturday.
I see too that there are comments posted on the “Where on earth…” article. I will add those now and make note of the addition on New to the Site
Enough for now,