Traditional Anglo-Papist

08 June 2006

Elmore Abbey

I just received a copy of the Elmore Abbey Record for 2005/2006. It includes the sad news that Dom Basil, Abbot of Elmore, has been secularised by the Archbishop of Canterbury on the 14/11/2005. The abbey has elected Dom Simon Jarrat as the Conventual Prior due to the decrease in monks.

I wonder what Dom Gregory Dix would think of his brethren?


  • Do you mean the former abbot has been dispensed of his vows and gone into secular life? Is he still an active priest? Has Elmore been downgraded from an abbey to a priory because there are too few monks?

    Sad but unsurprising, part of a long decline since Nashdom Abbey liberalised (it stopped being trad Anglo-Papalist in the 1960s) and eventually closed. (I had a friend who was at Nashdom for a year.) As I understand it Elmore was meant to be where what was left of Nashdom was to eventually die out anyway.

    The attempted ordination of women decimated these orders like it did the Catholic Movement as a whole. The sound men left so what you've got is Broad Church playing monks. What remains of these things is vestigial and un-Catholic.

    By Blogger The young fogey, at Thursday, June 08, 2006 10:04:00 PM  

  • Indeed not.

    The Abbey remains as such but under the auspices of Dom Simon as Conventual Prior.

    The tradition remains strong though, indeed, the numbers are smaller than before. The monks are in good spirit and taking a number of oblates in for extended retreats.

    Fear not, the Faith is alive and well there!

    By Blogger James, at Monday, June 26, 2006 7:40:00 AM  

  • Fr. Basil is now married and living in San Francisco, California.

    By Blogger CJA, at Sunday, November 05, 2006 1:38:00 PM  

  • Orders were already mortally afflicted long before the ordination of women. No-one left Elmore over it (and no one much left anywhere else. The Yound Fogey is mistaken.) There were not enough Anglo-Papalists prepared to give uop their boyfriends and embrace the monastic life.

    By Blogger bcp1662, at Tuesday, August 05, 2008 1:06:00 AM  

  • bcp1662, fortunately when my community dispersed we left 2 "anglo-papalists" to continue their lives as homosexual seculars, the rest of us became papists. I'm now married - to a female!!! lol. Many who left following women priestess did lead good devout and celibate lives within the Tractarian movement.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, October 01, 2009 12:58:00 AM  

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