I had a funny (sort of ) conversation over lunch with one of the History Teachers which started off with him saying that the parents of a JApanese boy had asked him to teach Pearl HArbour objectively...
Then he said that the Stuart/Tudor Period was tricky because it was a diatribe against Catholicism (not when I was at school...)
So I said that we were used to that and that anyway we now have Eamonn Duffy and are very happy with our revisionist history of the period.
He then said that boys were wide eyed when transubstantiation and indulgences were mentioned. Continuing in my, jolly japes, mode I said that transubstantiation was still very much the thing and that folks were getting indulgences even now visiting the relics of St Therese of Lisieux, not to mention the Year of Priests, but we just don't pay for them anymore.... 'Year of Priests?' this was all beginning to get too much for him! Just to over egg the pudding a bit more I said I thought that the Missal of Pope Pius V was great.
We then had the usual twaddle about Henry VIII was really a Catholic, he just didn't want to follow the Pope. Oh yeah... I pointed out that the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the iconoclasm of the period were really quite something.
:-D I do hope you get a chance to see St. Therese's relics while they are there. You won't be disappointed.
You can have a really interesting chat with your colleague then!
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