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, 5 September 2011

Praying for the Vatican-SSPX discussions


I understand that there is to be a crucial meeting in the discussions between the Holy See and SSPX on September 14th, the Feast of the Holy Cross. There is a background article about the current state of the dialogue from Rorate Caeli which can be read here.

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St Pius X
Pray for the dialogue between the Church and the SSPX

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Mindful of this I have today started a Novena to St Pius X that the meeting will be fruitful and help to bring the Society back into full peace and communion. That is an outcome profoundly to be desired in my view, and which will benefit all Catholics and the life of the entire Church.

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