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, 15 December 2014

Blessing the EU Crib

Last night a friend showed me an online message he had received. At the European Parliament it is usual to set up a crib at this season in the entrance hall. This year an MEP from the Italian Northern League offered to get a priest-friend to bless it. This duly happened with a range of nationalities from the EU represented. The priest turned out to be Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior of SSPX. Quite a turn up for the book, or the blog.

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