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.


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Damian Thompson on Fr Byrne's appointment as a bishop


Further to my post The new Bishop of Cuncacestre about the appointment of the new auxiliary bishop for the diocese of Birmingham the other day, and in case readers have not seen it, or are not regular readers of his Telegraph blog, here is the link to Damian Thompson's recent post about Fr Robert Byrne's impending elevation to the episcopate: A miracle! Oxford Oratorian who celebrates the Old Mass is to be made a bishop.

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