Friday, 3 December 2010

Plus ça change...

From the Catholic Herald's article on the unjustly neglected St Ralph Sherwin here

"The following August, Sherwin arrived in Rome, where the English hospice was in the process of becoming the English College – though the Bull of foundation was not issued until May 1579, and only received in December 1580.

During this period there were disputes between the Welsh and the English elements within the college, the former advocating a passive attitude towards events in England, while the latter (of whom Sherwin became a leader) argued for immediate missionary activity. " c'est la même chose?

1 comment:

  1. A perfect example of the victors writing the history! Morus Clynnog was in fact a far more complex, inventive and holy man than this sideways comment would suggest. He advocated building expertise and capacity among the students at the VEC so that on the restoration of the old faith they would be a convincing force in the land. In Milan, he wrote the first catechism in Welsh.

    It could be argued (as an hypothetical) that if the Church in exile had made greater efforts to hold together the reckless enthusiasm of the martyrs with the more measured approach of such as Clynnog, that the anti-Roman sentiments which eventually led to the Glorious Revolution and the Act of Settlement would not have gained the upper hand.

    More about Clynnog can be read here:



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