St Chad's New Archbishop 8th December 2009 from AstonVision on Vimeo.
This week,8th December 2010, marks the 1st anniversary of the installation of Archbishop Longley to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham.We wrote to him at the same time asking for clarification of the Video Policy that was supposed to come in force after we were banned from filming in Birmingham Cathedral Easter 2008 at Archbishop Nicholls' final Easter service.It was Bishop Kenny, who was the temporary Bishop in charge of affairs at the time, until Archbishop Longley was installed, that wrote us the letter saying that a new policy would be put in operation by the new Archbishop.
To date we have had no reply apart from the acknowledgement from his secretary.
We wonder why, perhaps they have just had far too much to think about with all the Papal business and other matters that the media were interested in.
Likewise we have never been told why we were stopped from recording events at the cathedral apart from the fact that "certain people objected".
In the wider view of things it is not important to Aston Vision to use the cathedral for its media training operations with Migrants. There are other locations, and other faith groups who have no such objections to helping us with our aims of migrants media training, which has many positive "spin-offs". Not least of showing those of other faiths how the Christian Church in the form of Roman Catholicism conducts its worship ceremonials.