Sunday, January 04, 2009
Update: thanks for the comment from Brian C., the nun 'chaplain' (the tecnhincal term is 'feral nun') of Heythrop has actaully been replaced by a Baptist minster 'chaplain', Roy Dorey. Here he is (picture). Heythrop has descended beyond parody. Is there any point saying this is forbidden by canon law? A chaplain must be a PRIEST!
Can. 564 A chaplain is a priest to whom is entrusted in a stable manner the pastoral care, at least in part, of some community or particular group of the Christian faithful, which is to be exercised according to the norm of universal and particular law.
Briefing. Ultimately, liberal academic institutions go down the pan because the half-baked intellectual fads they adopt go out of fashion, unlike genuine
scholarship. Here's a once-proud Catholic institution which sports a witch (the one in a tree) a dissident feminist nun 'chaplain' (the one out of her tree) and a coven
dissidents and secularists, and can't bring itself to say the word 'Catholic' on its website except
in the phrase 'Catholic history' (as in the past). This Research Assessment Exercise result is absolutely dire. Many Catholic institutions which rubbish their Catholic identity collapse completely - like Plater College in Oxford. Heythrop should watch
out: the obvious reason for scholars and students alike to take notice of it is its Catholic identity, and it doesn't have one.
From The Tablet, in part: TEN PER CENT of the theology, divinity and religious studies research being carried out at Heythrop College falls “below the standard of nationally recognised work”, according to an assessment conducted on behalf of bodies responsible for awarding funds for research. In the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, none of the
research at the college founded by the Jesuits is classed as world-leading
and, out of a possible four stars, 80 per cent of the research is awarded either one or two. The
RAE2008 was conducted jointly by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and
similar bodies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The information is used by funding bodies to determine their grants to the institutions from 2009-10. It is the first time the exercise has taken place since 2001.
Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael
Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen