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.


Thursday, 16 January 2014

The latest on FFI from Rorate Caeli


Rorate Caeli has a new report about the inquiry into the Franciscans of the Immaculate or at least about the effect this has had on celebrations of the Vetus Ordo in parishes in their care in Italy. It can be read at  VERY RELEVANT The Franciscans of the Immaculate under visitation 30 of 33 FI-run TLMs in Italy shut down since July 11.

As a friend said to me he wondered if the issues that are driving this story are particularly Italian, and due to conflicts within the Church there, rather than an assault on particular aspects of traditionalism per se. I have no knowledge as to that but I do wonder if he has got on to something there. It would be interesting to know what has happened in other countries.

Otherwise we can but wait and see, and pray.

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