In the wake of a number of press and blog reports concerning the movements of three members of the Birmingham Oratory, Brother Lewis Berry has issued the following statement today:
'I would like to dissociate myself completely from recent reporting which has made criticisms of the exercise of legitimate authority, and made uncharitable and even defamatory statements about those involved in the present Visitation of the Birmingham Oratory. I fervently ask that now such attacks come to an end.
'I welcome the opportunity of spending time at the Oratory of Port Elizabeth in South Africa, and I am looking forward to arriving there.
'I wish above all that the Beatification of John Henry Newman by Pope Benedict may be a sign of the unity of the Church in communion with the Holy Father and the bishops.'