Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the man responsible for the growth of ‘Olympism’ in the modern age, was shaped by his Catholic educational experience.
The over-arching narrative could be read through any number of lenses; but in and above all of them is a dynamic of hope and fear. The two are held intelligently in dialectic over the course of nearly three hours.
‘Declared traitors by the crown, denounced by secular clergy, and derided by continental Jesuit colleagues, the English Jesuit mission was beleaguered by late 1590s.’ (p. 418) Its survival and remarkable recovery could not have been foreseen.
Saturday 6 June: St Paul was prone to using sporting metaphors, one of which we hear in 2 Timothy today. Where and why did Paul use athletic imagery in his letters?
In March 2012, Dr Rowan Williams announced that he would be stepping down from the office of Archbishop of Canterbury at the end of this year. Mark Chapman presents his own view of events within the Church of England and the Anglican Communion in their ten years under Archbishop Rowan Williams.
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