Page 12, 25th January 1963

25th January 1963
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Page 12, 25th January 1963 — OUR BISHOPS PAY TRIBUTE

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THROUGHOUT Tuesday evening, members of the hierarchy joined in the growing number of tributes to Cardinal Godfrey's life and work.

THE following tribute was paid to Cardinal Godfrey at the Apostolic Delegation: In thinking of the late Cardinal Godfrey, one recalls above all the deep spirituality which made of him such a gifted educator of students for the priesthood: the insight and prudence which characterised his mission as first Apostolic Delegate in Great Britain, and the generosity and single-mindedness which inspired his work as a shepherd of souls in two great archdioceses. The Apostolic Delegation is deeply grieved at his unexpected death, which is a grievous loss not only for the archdiocese of Westminster and the Church in England. but for the whole Catholic Church.

ARCHBISHOP HEENAN OF LIVERPOOL: The Archdiocese feels bereaved because neither priest nor people in Liverpool were ever fully reconciled to losing him to the South. his family and most of his friends of school and college days lived in the north. Here he enjoyed unbounded affection. The memory of him is of a priestly man. His wisdom and, above all, his simple faith were treasured. We are children who have lost a father. For him our prayers will be offered abundantly. His name will always remind us of the power of prayer, for he was a man of prayer and a inap of God.

ARCHBISHOP MURPHY OF CARDIFF said: C.ardinal Godfrey has left us a glorious example of Christian courage. For some time now he has consciously walked with death and even we, his fellow bishops, have never known it. Never once did he reveal to the outside world the stress under which he laboured, as he added to the heavy administration. of a vast Archdiocese all those interminable journeys to Rome for the meetings of the Vatican Council Central Preparatory Commission.

And one felt at Rome that he had reserved some of the best wine for the end of the feast. Ilis work on the Central Commission and his clear, forthright interventions at the Council revealed all those hidden powers and resources which keep a man on his feet when any normal man would have taken to his bed, Bishop Ellis of Nottingham said: From the days of Bishop Dunn, Cardinal Godfrey has maintained a close interest in the Nottingham diocese and has been a constant friend to its bishops. His death is a big personal loss to myself. I knew him from Venerabile days. He kept in touch with me after ordination and was my consecrator. The more one knew him, the more one admired him and trusted his counsel.

Bishop Parker of Northampton said: I was at Ushaw with him when we were both boys; we have always been close friends. I found him kindness itself when as Apostolic Delegate, he told me of my appointment as bishop, as did many other bishops on similar occasions, which was symptomatic of his great kindness and gentleness to all people, and to priests in particular. He was a great pastoral soul.

Bishop Beck of Salford: The death of Cardinal Godfrey means to the Church in England and Wales the loss of a devoted priest and pastor of souls. Nobody who knew him could fail to be impressed by the deep, solid and personal piety of his priestly life. He was always concerned with high spiritual standards among the students and priests whom he had helped to educate. Although much of his life was concerned with diplomatic and administrative work, he was essentially a kind and fatherly pastor and will be remembered because of his fear for the spiritual well-being of all those souls entrusted to him.

Bishop Brunner of Middlesbrough: I had a great admiration for him, and we were students together. He is a great loss to the hierarchy and to the people of of England.

Bishop Cowderoy of Soolhwark: "Cardinal William Godfrey was reputed to be very traditional and prudent in his policy, but this was certainly not through any timidity. He was a man of very great courage and integrity. He never approached a problem without thought and prayer and once he had come to his conclusion he stood by what he knew to be the right thing.

"One could never imagine him being drawn to any other course from weakness or seeking what was merely expedient. Direct and straightforward in his manner, he was nevertheless one of the kindest men I have known, and of very great magnanimity. He was far above any ceilings of personal dislike or enmity.

"To the diocese of Southwark he was a loyal and faithful friend and there were many occasions when his advice and help were a strong support.

Bishop Rudderham of Clifton said: Cardinal Godfrey was outstandingly a man of singleness of purpose. Through and through he was a man for God. What was for the greater honour of God and the good of religion was always his one aim and purpose.

It was this tenacity of purpose which led to his being considered conservative. But it was not any opposition to change: it was simply that, in anything to do with the Church, he had to be completely and entirely convinced that change would make for the good of souls before he would accept it.

In his short term as Archbishop of Westminster and leader of the Catholic Church in England, he has done a great work, in a quiet and unassuming way.

Bishop Dwyer of Leeds said: 1 knew the Cardinal for over 30 years, He was my rector in the English College, my immediate superior in the Mission House, my colleague in the hierarchy. We did not always see eye to eye. But his death is to me the loss of a personal friend,

Even those who knew the Cardinal only slightly will feel a real sense of personal loss at his death This affection so widely felt for him was a natural response to his own way of seeing things in personal terms. The people he met were individual persons to him: his loyalties were very personal, to the Queen, to the Pope: his spiritual life was inspired by a deeply personal devotion to Our Lord and Our lady.

Strongly attached to the traditional customs and pieties of the Church, he did not readily take to new ideas. He was a humble man. and his caution came from the fear that his own diffidence might compromise principles. But the same humility saved him from intransigence. Once he was convinced that a project was for the glory of God and the good of souls, he never failed to support and encourage it.

Bishop Restieaux of Plymouth: Cardinal Godfrey was rector of the English College in Rome when I was a student there, and I shall always remember the fine example or priestly virtue he set before us. He was a kind, charitable. prudent and zealous priest whose leadership will he a great loss to us all in this country.

Bishop Wall of Brentwood: Cardinal Ciodfrey's death is a tremendous loss to the Church in England. He was Et man of great judgment, extremely kindly when ono wanted spiritual advice and help. A man of prayer, one felt that his one great interest was in the Church and in God. Personally, I have lost a great friend.

Bishop Cunningham of Hexham and Newcastle: With the death of Cardinal Godfrey the Church has lost a great and much-loved bishop. The loss will be felt very keenly in the diocese of Ilexham and Newcastle in which he spent many years. first as a student and then as a prefessor at Ushaw College, Durham. To the end of his life he retained a special interest in the diocese and the college. He will long he remembered here with affection and regard for his outstanding qualities, for his loyalty and devotion to the Holy See, and for his kind and fatherly zeal in caring for those entrusted to him.

Bishop Grasar of Shrewsbury said: Cardinal Godfrey was first arid foremost.a priest. Those of us who were privileged to be students under him at the Venerable English College in Rome were deeply conscious of this. it was always so.

Not very long ago he addressed a gathering of priests, and although by this time he was Cardinal. his words made such a deep impression because he spoke simply as a priest to his fellow priests. He had no desire for honours. He would have been content to live and die as a parish priest, but he was needed for other tasks, and whatever the task he was required to undertake he accepted it from a sense of duty and gave himself to it heart and soul. That he should be chosen for such high office may have surprised him, but it did not surprise those who knew him.

His intellectual ability was outstanding. As a student he was chosen to take his doctorate in theology by public act, and he was a roan of calm and sound judgement who rarely did an yth ing spectacular, but always inspired confidence.

To his equals, he was a loyal and reliable friend: to those under him, a real father. We have always realised his worth. I am sure that we will realise it even more now that he is no longer with us. We have lost a true father and friend.

Bishop Craven, Auxiliary of Westminster: My own feelings are those of deep sorrow in the toss of a Cardinal who was for me and the diocese a real father in God. His death is a sad loss to the diocese and country, and also to the Vatican Council in which he took so distinguished a part.

Bishop Cashman, Auxiliary of Westminster: The death of His Eminence is a great personal loss to me. We had been together for 30 years. He was my Rector in Rome when I went to the English College as a young student in 1933. He ordained me a priest and I worked with him at the Apostolic Delegation from 1940 to 1956. when he went to Liverpool. He consecrated me as Auxiliary in 1958 shortly after going to Westminster and I have been very close to him ever since. I shall miss his fatherly counsel, his friendship, his shrewd judgment and his humour more than anyone can imagine. May he rest in peace.

Bishop Hollan d, Coadjutor Bishop of Portsmouth: Cardinal Godfrey always impressed me by his holiness and sweetness of character. He has been an Inspiration for the 30 years I have known him to keep ideals of the priesthood bright and high. That a man so firm and exact in his principles should have been so gentle and winning in his everyday contacts appears in retrospect, as a marvellous result of grace. The world of the Church in our country is a different place now he has gone; it may be the end of an epoch.

Bishop Horny-ak (Ukrainian): It is hard to find the adequate words to express my feelings. On June 10. 1957, His Eminence Cardinal Godfrey was nominated by the Holy See as the Apostolic Exarch for Ukrainians in England and Wales. and I have been his auxiliary bishop for the exarchate since December 1961.

He was a model — and history will remember him as the symbol— of a Christlike kindness, affectionate goodness, edifying sense of dedication to and love for his apos toile mission in the vineyard of Christ, and his inspiring zeal for the good of the Universal Church for the salvation of men, especialh for the good of his Westminste Archdiocese and his Ukrainiat Catholic Exarchate.

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