I am conscious that I am being too critical of our bishops. Something I have tried to avoid in the past. I accept and rejoice in the teaching of St. Ignatius of Antioch, and I ask his intercession especially for all our bishops of England, Wales and Scotland. I pray that they may be strengthened in their faith and be able to lead those in their charge with gentleness yet with firmness in the Faith. I pray for their protection and I ask for them the gifts of courage and wisdom - for the ability to speak out in the name of the Gospel and the full teaching of the Church. To know when to be silent but, following the concerns expressed by Pope St. Gregory the Great, to be careful that silence is never an expression of fear or of mere "human respect". I thank God for their gifts and for the prayers they offer daily for the Church. I thank God for all our bishops and ask His blessings on all of them.