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, 10 February 2014

The withering of Anglo-Catholicism


A friend told me the other day of a conversation with a leading member of the congregation of an Anglo-Catholic parish that currently is looking for a new incumbent. When my friend said they assumed the parish was looking for someone in that tradition they got the answer "Oh we wouldn't object to a woman, especially if she was young and had children as that could be good for the village school." 

So much for sustaining the Anglo_Catholic witness of the parish. Was it for this that Fr Tooth and others went to prison?




3 comments:

  1. Did The Revd.Sidney Faithorn Green go to Lancaster gaol for 20 months so that in the 20th century in the Anglican diocese of Manchester not only his church , but also almost all those with any pretensions to catholicism could be closed. St Gabriel, Hulme, St Benedict, Ardwick, and Our Lady of Mercy and St Thomas of Canterbury , Gorton are all now no longer in use.

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  2. Incredible! Sacrifice the Faith to enlarge school enrollment?

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  3. Withering of Anglo-Catholicism also means the wither of much affected eccentricity, one of its contributions to mankind.

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