Following the recent death of Joseph Ratzinger / Benedict XVI, here is my tribute and assessment of him, originally published in a shorter version in The Tablet, https://www.thetablet.co.uk/blogs/1/2301/-doing-theology-on-his-knees-benedict-xvi-s-biblical-scholarship The music swelled to a crescendo as the clouds of incense drifted up into the golden dome of St Peter’s Basilica, threatening to obscure the huge lettering,
I am delighted to announce that the video of the premiere performance of my translation of the Rough Mark is now available here on my website and my YouTube channel. Full details of the performance and the translation are given on those pages. I am grateful to all those who participated in making it possible,
So I have been reflecting on how many have been quoting Mother Julian’s mantra “all shall be well” to me recently. I have to admit that, in the midst of my own personal troubles and difficulties which are, of course, overshadowed by the national political and financial chaos and the international situation of war, climate
I’m open for business! Now that the pandemic at least permits gatherings and travel again, I am trying to restart my work in going round doing public lectures, and clergy or lay training days or evenings, short courses, etc. The Montgomery Trust can help with fees and payments if there is a dimension of public
As a child, I was brought up to consider the Royal Family a bunch of rich freeloaders living it up at the expense of us taxpayers – and at the Silver Jubilee in 1977 my revision for my Finals at Oxford was accompanied by the dulcet tones of Johnny Rotten, belting out the Sex Pistols’
Ever since the current Archbishop of Cape Town announced the death of Desmond Tutu early on Boxing Day, the many tributes being paid often begin with words such as activist, campaigner, protester, fighter or opponent. Yet these popular descriptions miss the heart of the person that I knew over more than four decades, someone who insisted on ‘being’ before ‘doing’, contemplation before action, or who said he wanted to be a ‘quietist’ more than an activist.