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Former Telegraph columnist is elected provost of Brompton Oratory

By on Monday, 26 March 2012

Fr Julian Large has been elected provost of the Brompton Oratory.

The traditionalist priest replaces Fr Ignatius Harrison in the role, with Fr George Bowen elected vice-provost.

Elections at the Kensington church, which was built in the 1870s and run by the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri community, take place every three years and the results are announced on the Feast of the Annunciation.

Fr Julian, 42, is a former gossip columnist for the Daily Telegraph, and a convert from Anglicanism.

Raised in Merseyside, Fr Julian studied at Mansfield College, Oxford, where he ran the university architectural society.

  • teigitur

    This is great news. He is an excellent Priest.

  • teigitur

    This is great news. He is an excellent Priest.

  • Andreas

    Will be VERY interesting to see what happens to the liturgies at the London Oratory. Can’t imagine there’ll be many champagne corks popping in Archbishop’s House!

  • Andreas

    Will be VERY interesting to see what happens to the liturgies at the London Oratory. Can’t imagine there’ll be many champagne corks popping in Archbishop’s House!

  • Alex

    Weren’t his faculties to preach suspended a few years ago after outraging certain parishioners?

  • paulpriest

    Wailing from the roof of Ambrosden Avenue [in scouse accent]

    Hoiho! Hoihohoho!
    Ihr Westminstersmannen,
    machet euch auf!
    Wehe! Wehe!
    der große Priester
    Waffen! Waffen!
    Waffen durchs Kirche-Land!
    Gute Waffen!
    Starke Waffen!
    Irgendwelche blutigen Waffen!
    Scharf zum Streit.
    Not ist da!
    Not!
    Wehe!
    Wehe!
    Im Oratorium!
    Hoihohoho!

    Mr Desforges: I’m on it ! Shall we pencil something in for August 2017?

  • paulpriest

    Fr Julian is a bloody wonderful priest – an excellent choice for the Oratory and may God bless & keep him in all his ways…

    Sling your mud elsewhere Alex – or do you really want us to go down the Birmingham three route?

  • teigitur

    No, you just made that up.

  • Brian

    Yes good to see the back of Harrison who offered no support whatsoever to parents concerned about possible abuse at the London Oratory School. 

  • Avenger

    Alex,

    No, there was a dustup over a sermon in which he praised Franco, after which he dissappeared from the Oratory pulpit for a while but he never had his faculties removed. This preceded the Visitation.

    In fact the sermon was more than reasonable but if reported rather actually heard or read could be open to misinterpretation.
    But as others have said this will not please Abp’s House.

  • Watchman

    Absolutely brilliant and an excellent choice for London.  Now can we have a return to normality at the Birmingham Oratory please?  It has suffered a turbulent time, not of its own making, it seems, but from outside and sinister influences.

  • Benedict Carter

    Please confirm, whoever wrote this article, what (in your opinion) is a “traditionalist priest”.

    We Traditionalist Catholics write the word with a capital “T”, because “Tradition” (as in “Holy Tradition”), is not only a collection of time-honoured human practices but carries within it the Divine, as in all the Revealed Truths of our Catholic Faith passed on to the Apostles by the Holy Ghost. 

    I know what is a “Traditionalist Priest”. It is one who holds to the Catholic Faith, accepts no new doctrines and limits himself to un-protestantized Sacraments.

    What is a “traditionalist priest” I have no idea.

  • Siobhan

    Agree with you. I personally know two families who were left disillusioned and disappointed with the rebuttal they received. It does Catholicism no good at all when its representatives act in less than a Christian way, especially when abuse is the issue.