Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding.

I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop...
It was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.


Monday, 12 April 2010

Defending the Pope


In case you have not seen it Fr Blake at St Mary Magdalen, Brighton has an excellent article, with relevant links that should also be read, about the latest bit of journalistic muck-raking to try and implicate the Pope in, allegedly, covering up scandals in the Church in the U.S. a quarter of a century ago. You can find it here. It is useful ammunition with which to respond if you are asked about this latest piece of bad, or simply lazy, journalism.

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