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.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

More about understanding the Pope

Further to my recent post about attitudes to the Pope from the media and bloggers I see there is another post on Rorate Caeli which looks at aspects of this question. 

Now it is only fair to say that Rorate Caeli does not appear to be very keen on Pope Francis - that became clear from their coverage of his time as Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires with regard to the application of Summorum Pontificum on the night of his election. This latest post is a digest of a number of opinion pieces by established European commentators on the Church, and makes for interesting reflection. We do, of course, need to remember that we are dealing with the work of writers who need to say something provocative or controversial to catch their readers' eye, but Press summary: The dangerous dilemma of the two living popes  is an interesting account of what is being written on the continent at the moment. 

As I said previoulsy I am not taking sides in these matters, but there is clearly an interesting debate going on, and one of which Catholics, and others, should be aware.


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