The folllowing letter has been sent to the Bishops, Priests and Deacons of the Diocese of Westminster.
9 July 2007
To the Auxiliary Bishops and Priests of the Diocese of Westminster
On the occasion of my 75th birthday in August and in accordance with Canon Law, I have written to Pope Benedict offering my resignation as Archbishop of Westminster.
In the response I have received the Holy Father has invited me instead to continue in my present pastoral ministry donec aliter provideatur - that is, until he chooses otherwise. I am very content to accept the Holy Father’s request.
I ask you again for your prayers and I am grateful for your support and co-operation in our care of this Diocese.
With sincere good wishes,
Archbishop of Westminster