One of my erstwhile parishioners was the former Anglican clergyman and Vicar of Holy Trinity Reading, Brian Brindley. He became a Catholic layman after the Church of England ordained women, and in his words "proved itself not to have been Catholic". I once asked him if he found it painful not celebrating Mass, he replied. "Father, I have never said Mass in my life, I once thought I did for a period in my life but I was mistaken".
His house was extraordinarily cluttered, a mixture of things ordinary, domestic and banal, things antique and ecclesiastical and things which it was best to not to look at too closely. I used to be summoned to bring him The Lord when he was ill. He promised me the relics he owned, including one of St Andrew, for our Church but nothing came of it.
For the first time I visited his old Church's website after reading Liturgical Notes.
That church, of course, is the the former very Protestant proprietary chapel which owes its present adornment to Fr Brian Brindley. I am told by friends that the pulpit in 'Georgian' baroque was thrown out of the City Church of All Saints in Oxford when Old Mother Damnable flogged it to Lincoln College for a library. The screen, from Pugin's Cathedral in Birmingham, was thrown out when the papists vandalised it. The retro-altar is the famous Belgian baroque altar with the reversible tabernacle from a one-time daughter church of S Thomas's, S Paul's Walton Street in Oxford, thrown out when OMD sold it to the entertainment industry. Also once in S Paul's the monumental scagliola portico-style entrance into the church from the Sacristy. And in the North Chapel the baroque altar inscribed 'PAX' from the ballroom at Nashdom, which, when that House was our principal Benedictine Abbey, will often have been used by our great scholar, wit, and mystagogue Dom Gregory Dix.
The Church, where according to Fr Anthony Symondson, who preached at his funeral, "he celebrated the rites of Paul VI according to the rubrics of Pius IX", reflects his domestic collecting.