Monsignor James Crichton
His animated and informative writings served not only English Catholics but all English-speaking Catholics, and his active retirement generated even more and varied publications. Whether you agreed with him or not, whether his words agitated and annoyed you, or whether they made you laugh out loud, whether you responded or reacted to his stance, he gave you no choice but to find a standing place in relation to the issue.
As a priest ordained for the people, Mgr Crichton saw it as his responsibility to serve as ‘the mystagogue leading the people into the mystery’ and he took on that mission enthusiastically and prophetically. Archbishop Vincent Nichols summed up his approach during his homily at Mgr Crichton’s funeral:
The Society of Saint Gregory honours James Crichton’s memory with an annual lecture in his name, in fulfilment of his final wish that the Society should continue in its efforts to teach and educate.
The Crichton Memorial Lecture is given as part of the Autumn Assembly