HE Metropolitan Jerome (Lloyd) OSJV of Selsey D.D. F.R.S.A.
I am a pastor ministering to the lost and strayed sheep most other Churches have, for a variety of reasons, mislaid or discarded and don’t seek after. The sorts of people I minister to are those whose lifestyle is not deemed reconcilable or whose self-expression or identity make them unwelcome in most Churches. But before, dear Reader, you write me off as some “socialist radical”, I am in fact totally orthodox in my teaching and in my praxis. The difference perhaps between myself and others, is that I do not believe that it is sometimes “cruel to be kind”, rather I believe it is always necessary as a Christian, particularly as a Catholic and most especially as a Pastor to “be loving” even when it would be easier not to be…
You will notice from my links and later from my posts, that I am a “traditional Catholic”, though without the “attitude”. I offer Mass daily according to the Usus Antiquior, I recite my Office Hours and I adhere to traditional Catholic teaching. But I have found in my experience of pastoral counseling these words to be true… “Soyez toujours le plus doux que vous pourrez, et souvenez-vous que l’on prends plus de mouches avec une cuillère de miel qu’avec cent barils de vinaigre… Always be as gentle as you can and remember that one catches more flies with a spoonful of honey than with a hundred barrels of vinegar.” (Introduction to a Devout Life, St Francis De Sales, though legend attributes it to St Bernard of Clairvaux also.)
While I more than truly appreciate the perspectives of Traditional Catholicism with regard to spiritual discipline and liturgy, I find in praxis and from the lives of the Saints, more to commend compassion, gentle persuasion and encouragement in the direction of souls towards perfection than I do to “slash and burn” with sarcastic wit or condemnation. Though, I admit, I am prone outside of that context (i.e. pastoral praxis) to be as quick witted and short tempered as my namesake, St Jerome, who spared some no blushes in his defence of orthodoxy!
“Detract not one another, my brethren. He that detracteth his brother, or he that judgeth his brother, detracteth the law, and judgeth the law. But if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.” [James 4:11] It can be all too easy sometimes to fall into the conceit of the Pharisees and apply the “letter” rather than the “spirit” of the law and I firmly believe that the “spirit” of the Divine Law [St Mark 12: 28-34; Deut 6:5; Levit 19:18] is Charity, that described by the Apostle Paul as “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” [1 Cor 13].
I am an “Old Roman Catholic” by conviction following my own namesake’s stance regarding the development of doctrine…
“Whosoever you are who introduce new doctrines, I beseech you to spare the ears of Romans! Spare that faith which was commended by the voice of an Apostle. Why should you attempt to teach us, at the end of hundreds of years, that which we never heard before? Why bring forward what Peter and Paul did not will to make known? Until this day, the world was Christian without your doctrine.” St Jerome
On January 1st 2012 Declared Bishop-Elect and Vicar Apostolic of Europe after election by the College of Bishops of the Old Roman Catholic Church.
On May 5th 2012 Consecrated in the Collegiate Chapel of St John the Evangelist, Huron University College, London, Ontario, Canada as ArchiEpiscopus Titularis Insula Vituli Marini et Noviomagus Regnensium de Regionem Australia Saxonum [Archbishop of Selsey] and confirmed as Archbishop Metropolitan of the Province of Europe.
On May 26th 2012 Inaugurated as Archbishop Metropolitan of the Province of Europe at Brighton Congress Hall, Sussex, UK.
Archbishop Lloyd’s Coat of Arms contain a shield with a blue background and three “Etoile’s” (six-pointed stars) representing St Wilfrid who converted the kingdom of the South Saxons, i.e. Sussex; a “Fleur-de-Lis” i.e. a stylised lily occupies the centre simultaneously representing Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Blessed Trinity; the shield is surmounted by a Crozier and a Mitre and behind the shield is an Archiepiscopal Cross; all is surrounded by an Archiepiscopal “Gallero” (hat) in green – the colour of bishops. His Grace’s motto in Latin is “Deus Caritas Est” which translated reads, “God is love” and is taken from 1 John 4:16.