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.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Replying to Cornwell on Newman

I had missed until today two excellent replies from Fr Tim of Hermeneutic of Continuity to John Cornwell's piece on Newman, about which I commented the other day.

In case you have not seen them I am putting in a link to each.
The first deals with
Newman and conscience , and the second with the comments in an address in 1991 of the then Cardinal Ratzinger on conscience.

Both are well worth reading, and contain useful ammunition with which to reply to critics.

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