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Renowned episcopal letter writer dies at 81

BY ANNA ARCO

THE PROLIFIC correspondent, former soldier and retired English Bishop Hugh Lindsay has died aged 81.

Bishop Lindsay, who wrote frequent letters to the Catholic press commenting on everything from Catholic education to the 1962 missal to ecumenism to freemasonry, died suddenly in his retirement at Grange-overSands in Cumbria on Monday.

His last letter to The Catholic Herald was published in July last year when he wrote about the plight of Anglo-Catholics after the General Synod voted to approve women bishops.

In 1992 he resigned as Bishop of Newcastle and Hexham due to ill health. He had been bishop for 18 years and served as chaplain to the Augustinian sisters at Grange-over-Sands.

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne on June 20 1927, Hugh Lindsay attended primary school first at St Charles', Gosforth, and then at St Andrew's, Newcastle. He went to St Cuthbert's Grammar School from 1938 until 1943. The school was evacuated between 1939 and 1941, where he was billeted to a non-Catholic family in Cockermouth. In 1943 he was accepted to Ushaw Seminary to study there as a Church student. However, war-time reg

ulations meant that he was conscripted for service like many of his generation. Joining the Royal Air Force, he served mainly in India from September 1945 to January 1948. After demob he resumed his studies at Ushaw.

Bishop Lindsay was ordained a priest at St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle, in 1953 by Bishop Joseph McCormack. He was then appointed to St Lawrence's church, Byker and worked at Bishop's House. In 1954 he was sent to Ponteland, but carried on his work at Bishops' House regardless. Bishop McCormack's successor, Bishop James Cunningham appointed him diocesan secretary. resident at Bishop's House In 1959.

By 1969, under Pope Paul VI, Bishop Lindsay had been appointed auxiliary bishop to Bishop Cunningham who was in poor health and was ordained a bishop on December 1969 in Newcastle. When Bishop Cunningham died in July 1974, Bishop Lindsay was elected Vicar Capitular by the Chapter. Paul VI later named him bishop in December of the same year.

He was Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle from 1974 to 1992.

The Benedictine Bishop Ambrose Griffiths succeeded him on March 20 1992.




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