Friday, November 25, 2011

A side issue

A series of possibly linked facts has become evident. They may, or may not, be of interest to readers.

The Society of St Catherine of Siena has disappeared from the internet. Its web address was (Here are some remains.)

The Journal Usus Antiquior is now edited by Ben Whitworth. (Recall the launch.) It is no longer linked to the Society of St Catherine of Siena (though see the Facebook page).

Dr Laurence Hemming no longer describes himself as a Deacon of the Catholic Church on his website.

I don't know what to make of all this; the full facts are not available to me. I don't think it is terribly important. It is a side issue.


  1. Anonymous3:00 pm

    I can clear up some of your mysteries for you. The Society of St Catherine of Siena has undertaken a number of projects over the last twelve years, most of which have come to a natural conclusion. The two ongoing projects were 'Usus Antiquior' and the 'Graduale Parvum', but it was only ever anticipated that the Society would give 'start-up' support to these initiatives, so the Trustees of the Society have decided to wind up the trust and discontinue the work of the Society. As a result of this, full ownership of the journal 'Usus Antiquior' will pass to Maney Publishing. Again, it was never the plan that Dr Hemming would remain the sole Editor of 'Usus Antiquior', and this seemed an opportune moment for him to hand over the reins. In all other respects, it is business as usual for the journal dedicated to the Sacred Liturgy: we are currently finalising the contents of volume 3, which will be published in 2012. I hope you will subscribe; there are certainly articles in it which will interest you.
    Ben Whitworth

  2. A nony mouse11:18 pm

    Why has deacon Hemming stopped referring to himself as a deacon of the Catholic Church though? Has he been laicised? He never referred to himself as a deacon very often in any case preferring to call himself rev dr Hemming.

  3. Joseph Shaw9:20 am

    I've now heard it said that he has sought laicisation.