Friday, 25 September 2009

Fathers and Heretics

I spent the early part of today in the Diocesan Office doing a little voluntary work sorting out the diocesan theological library. My teen years as a pupil librarian came back very quickly indeed, although the advent of the internet allowing access to the British Library sure beats messing about with microfiche reader! There is a certain degree of fun in spotting famous names on old books (the bulk of the collection being what's left of retirede or dead clerics libraries. One delight was an ordination present to a newbie priest signed "+ Thomas Ergadien et Sodor". That was the style adopted by Thomas Hannay, sometime Bishop of Argyll and the Isles and the only Scottish Bishop who was also a monk (well, in the 20th century anyway). He was a member of the Community of the Resurrection (the Mirfield Fathers) and had been Principal of their theological college. Those were the days! Well, aprt from the war and the rationing. And the coal fies.. well, maybe there are things to be said in favour of the modern age!

You’re St. Justin Martyr!

You have a positive and hopeful attitude toward the world. You think that nature, history, and even the pagan philosophers were often guided by God in preparation for the Advent of the Christ. You find “seeds of the Word” in unexpected places. You’re patient and willing to explain the faith to unbelievers.Find out which Church Father you are at The Way of the Fathers!

I was rather amused at this discovery! At least I'm not St Jerome! Miserable old boot! On the heresy front, I gather than the so-called Anglicans of Sydney have actually permitted deacons to "preside" at the eucharist. And why is Rowan Williams not threatening them as he is the US Church? Really, I'm almost past caring about all the silliness and have the strangest desire to nip off and venerate the bones of the Little Flower of Lisieux!


  1. Well I seem to be - leaving aside the slight difficulties of gender and vocation - St. Melito of Sardis!
    You have a great love of history and liturgy. You’re attached to the traditions of the ancients, yet you recognize that the old world — great as it was — is passing away. You are loyal to the customs of your family, though you do not hesitate to call family members to account for their sins.
    Actually, I recognise quite a bit of that ...

  2. Hmm! St Mel B by the look of it - the Scarcy Spice of the SEC!!