The Church of England has made a terrific hash of this women bishops thing, as both the outgoing and incoming Archbishops of Canterbury would be the first to agree. Every Anglican knows it, too. The crisis in the English Catholic Church, in contrast, is unknown to anyone outside a small circle. But it’s real, and it’s serious.
To cut a long story short, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Papal Nuncio to Britain, appears to have fallen out with the bishops of England and Wales and especially their leader, Archbishop Vincent Nichols. I’ve been offered two explanations. First, Nichols allows “gay Masses” in Soho, which Rome loathes. Second, foot-dragging over the Ordinariate for ex-Anglicans has annoyed the Pope.
The bishops should watch out. The Nuncio is ready to break up the “Magic Circle” of ambitious liberals who twist the Vatican’s arm over senior appointments. Also, Nichols has been kept waiting an awfully long time for his cardinal’s hat, and people are beginning to wonder why…(Source)
+Nichols should never have been chosen for that post. It’s good for Rome to learn a lesson too, sometimes.
Maybe they’ll be more judicious in whom they select for episcopal appointments in the future and stop drinking their share of the Koolaid…or the Champagne, as the case may be.