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, 12 October 2020

Remembering Mother Pascalina

Rorate Caeli has a most interesting piece on its site. It reproduces an interview originally published in Inside the Vatican with Fr Charles Murr who knew Mother Pascalina, the famous housekeeper of Pope Pius XII. Fr Murr wrote a biography of her and in the interview he talks about her recollection of events in the Vatican as well as his experiences of Curial politics in the post-Conciliar era. 

It makes for very interesting reading, and further confirms many suspicions and indeed interpretations of what happened in those years. It can be seen at EXPOSÉ: New Interview with Fr. Charles Murr on Mother Pascalina, Bugnini, Paul VI, and Other Major Figures

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