John Lingard: The Historian as Apologist

Author: Philip H. Cattermole
ISBN: 978 1780883 380
Date: 2014
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John Lingard (1771-1851) is an attractive figure. The son of a carpenter, he trained for the priesthood at Douai and was one of the founding professors at Ushaw (1808-11) but he experienced, as he confessed to a friend ?anxiety and misery? there. At precisely the mid-point of his life, in 1811, he began a forty-year ministry as gentle pastor in the upper Pennine village of Hornby (where his library can still be seen, in his old presbytery). He liked simple liturgy, and prepared books of English prayers for his parishioners to use, and in Holy Week he allowed a member of his congregation to read the Passion Narrative in English as he read it quietly in Latin, and he complained of other clergy ?performing as the first dancer in a ballet?.

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