BY A STAFF REPORTER 'LA ARDINAL HEENAN and Archbishop Cardinale, the Apostolic Delegate, together with other bishops, priests and lay people, packed the Church of St. Anne Line at South Woodford, Essex. on Tuesday for a Mass to celebrate the golden jubilee of Bishop Wall of Brentwood.
Before the sermon Archbishop Cardinale read a letter from the Pope saying of Bishop Wall: "You have fought for the true faith, you have loved the ilaw of God, you have been a guardian and a good shepherd of your flock: by this and by your never-ending solicitude, by your prudence for the present and foresight for the futore, you have earned the gratitude of the Church."
The Pope spoke of the Bishop's love of the Latin language—"a sign of nobility of mind"—and his concern for the priests and church-students in his diocese.
In his sermonArchbishop Cardinale said that Bishop Wall had asked that the celebration of his 50th anniversary be no more than an occasion for the reassertion of what the priesthood really means.
"It is heartening to be able to look back on such a fruitful ministry (as the Bishop's) at a time when over and over again one hears it repeated so lightly that the priesthood is irrelevant to the people and the problems and needs of our time," the Delegate said.
"The priest is a strange man: his contemporaries may consider him archaic, but he is always modern and new. He
is accused of being reactionary; but -in truth he is in advance of his time. He looks ahead and prepares for the future."
Archbishop Cardinale said that Bishop Wall's "long sacerdotal curriculum offers a convincing proof of the sanctity and efficiency of the ordained priesthood. Your age now places you among the older brothers of this hierarchy, but your youthfulness remains a shining example of ceaseless pastoral solicitude to both young and old."
After the jubilee Mass a reception was held at a nearby hall for the priests and laity of the diocese of Brentwood.
Replying to tributes, Bishop Wall sketched the highlights of his 59 years in the priesthood. Speaking of the present
time he said: "No bishop is a man sitting in an ivory tower saying yes or no to everything. I take advice, and that is how I think authority should work."
Bernard Patrick Wall was born at Tonbridge in Kent on March 15 1894. He was ordained on July 14 1918 for the Southwark diocese and undertook various pastoral and teaching assignments before being appointed Rector of St. John's Seminary, Wonersh.
In 1955 he was named to succeed Bishop Beck as Bishop of Brentwood and he was consecrated by Archbishop (then Bishop) Cowderoy of Southwark on January 18 1956.
His diocese includes the County of Essex and the Greater London Boroughs of Waltham Forest, Newham and Redbridge.