Tag Archives: Mystery of Evil

More on Wooden-Leg French

I am still in the midst of sorting out paperwork for my French nationality application, and this is something I just hate doing. It revolts me to the tips of my fingers – as the French say – and it … Continue reading

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L’enfer, c’est les autres

It is the famous quote from Jean-Paul Sartre in his play Huis Clos, which is literally translated Hell is other people. Ideally we would be connected by love to the whole of humanity, but such an ideal is destroyed by … Continue reading

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Caste, Class and Determinism

I am beginning work on my article for The Blue Flower, Christmas edition, on the theme of nobility of spirit. I have found this theme fascinating in the work of Berdyaev, a Russian Orthodox philosopher influenced by German Idealism, the … Continue reading

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Continuing Anglicanism in France

There is an official description of my Chaplaincy of St Mary the Virgin, Hautot Saint Sulpice, France in our Diocesan Website. My brother in the priesthood, Fr Jonathan Munn, asked me to write a posting about my ministry in France. … Continue reading

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La Perfide Albion

Perfidious Albion is an expression frequently used by French people in regard to the British, and at present is perfectly apposite! I first heard the expression from my French confreres at seminary, though they conceded that I was the most … Continue reading

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I’ll cut your leg off any day!

When I approach certain subjects, I keep thinking about the ship’s surgeon on the Bounty in the 1935 film, who had a different story to relate to each person about how he lost his leg, and that he would gladly … Continue reading

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Be careful about what you ask for!

The Pope’s Earthly empire is laid to rest – Italian anti-clerical drawing from 1870 It was in 2014 that I wrote in Aristocracy of the Spirit: I had a long conversation with two friends in London a few days ago about … Continue reading

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