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.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Some topical anniversary posts from around the Blogosphere

Here are some posts from other blogs which may interest readers - I would commend each of them in their own right to others.

First there are some fine pictures from the New Liturgical Movement of the Solemn Pontifical Mass at the London Oratory last night. The celebrant was Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster. They can be seen at Pontifical Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception at the London Oratory

New Catholic at Rorate Caeli has a piece by Bishop Ullathorne, first Catholic Bishop of Birmingham, in the post On the 160th Anniversary of the Dogmatic Definition of the Immaculate Conception by Pope Pius IX

Peter Kwasniewski at Rorate Caeli has a post with links to the relevant texts of both the Papal encyclical Quanta Cura and the Syllabus itself in The 150th Anniversary of Pius IX’s Syllabus of Errors. Reading the texts makes one realise how little has changed in terms of the issues, however much we may think the circumstances have changed.

Finally The Mad Monarchist has a post about the Greek political and constitutional catastrophe of forty years ago with the referendum on the monarchy there. It can be read at Anniversary of a Greek Tragedy

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