We visited Stonor House today. It is listed as number 7 in the list of 25 most magnificent houses in the UK. It is home to the Stonor family and has been in their family for 850 years. They hid Edmund Campion and even own one of four of the original slim volumes of EC's "Ten Reasons" the curator seemed very apologetic and cited them as political rather than religious reasons to remain Catholic...mmmmmm?!? Apparently there were coppies of the Douay Reims Bible but unfortunately I didn't spot them. I think I may have bumped into a rather nice link between Recusant families in Britain - there was a portrait of Catherine Lady Abergavenny and her stepdaughter Elizabeth Neville. David Lewis of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales was born in Abergavenny and the local hospital there is actually called Neville Hall...
The Stonors were negotiators in the Catholic Emancipation law 1829 and it seems that one of their ancestors -Mary Stonor /nee Biddulph (The Biddulphs are still a strong family in South Wales (one of them was running for MP and arrested in a pro-life ralley) was co-heiress to the Camoys title, and it was called out of abeyance in 1839 by Thomas Stonor in order to give the Catholic family some standing and weight in society. This family appears to have spawned one of the greatest compromisers of all time the current Stonor was in the house and I got chatting to him - he is the first Roman Catholic to be Lord Chamberlin since the reformation, he told me that he is on the trust of The Tablet (Catholic Paper for intellectuals - otherwise known as The Poisoned Pill), called the pre-vatican II Church intolerant and full of ignorance he told me that he gave short shift to the Latin Mass Society and that he would have left the Catholic faith if the Tridentine Mass did not change?!? and that his family were influential in the reforms of Vatican II. Poor Edmund Campion! His last resting place as a recusant priest is preserved by people who played a part in destroying the very Mass he died for!
Please pray for his and his son's conversion.
St Edmund Campion - ora pro nobis.