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, 25 March 2013

Pope and Pope Emeritus together


Fr Blake has a good post about the historic, indeed unprededented, meeting on Saturday of the Pope and the Pope Emeritus at Castelgandolfo on Saturday. It can be read at We are Brothers. It is particularly useful as it has a link to a post on Andrea Tornielli's blog Vatican Insider which draws out the continuity of approach between the two Popes and seeks to dispel some of the stories and rumours that are winging their way round the internet and through the media. I have added a link to Tornelli's blog to my sidebar.

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