A limerick for St. Richard of Chichester

The feast of St. Richard of Chichester cannot go by without my remembering a limerick my old pastor Msgr. Richard Schuler would occasionally quote:

There was an old Bishop of Chichester,
Who said thrice (the Latin for which is ‘ter’),
“Avaunt and defiance,
Foul spirit called Science,
And quit Mother Church, thou bewitchest her.”

On this topic of the Church and Science I recommend the book, Galileo in Rome: The Rise and Fall of a Troublesome Genius by William R. Shea and Mariano Artigas and Dava Sobel’s A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos (UK edition HERE).  In addition, there is Heilbron’s The Sun In The Church and Galileo by the same.

BTW… St. Richard called for a Crusade against the Saracens.  Bless him.

Happy feast of St. Richard!

And I almost forget… a newish book on Galileo.

Galileo Revisited: The Galileo Affair in Context by Paschal Scotti



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One Response to A limerick for St. Richard of Chichester

  1. John Grammaticus says:

    I do hope that the limerick attributed to this Bishop is apocryphal. As an educated layman (physics) I find a deep concord between the wacky world of QM and Scholasticism.