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, 10 September 2010

Paix Liturgique British survey

Fr Blake has an interesting account of the survey of British Catholics undertaken by Paix Liturgique. You can read his post here, and from it there is a link to the full report. It is in many ways an optimistic assessment, or should I say a not unoptimistic assessment, of attitudes towards liturgy and worship in this country, and more positive than many European, and outwardly Catholic, countries. It is of particular interest to those of us favourable to the Extraordinary Form of Mass.

1 comment:

davidforster said...

I must admit to having been amazed that the ordinary Catholics in the parishes were so positive towards the Old Mass. Those who get heard are often those who shout the loudest, and their Liberal whines have been dominant. This survey has, as far as any survey can do, bypassed the appointed or self-appointed representatives of the people, and asked the people themselves. Even after 40 years of repression and brainwashing, the desire for traditional forms hasn't been suppressed. Indeed, I suspect it's growing as time goes by.