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And you shall sleep restful nights" (St. Ephraim the Syrian).

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Margaret O'Gara: In Memoriam

I was shocked and saddened to learn of the death last week of Margaret O'Gara of the University of Toronto. Just this summer in fact I had been re-reading her book Triumph in Defeat: Infallibility, Vatican I, and the French Minority Bishops (CUA Press, 1988) in preparation for a lecture I am giving at St. Vladimir's Seminary in September in the context of the annual meeting of the Orthodox Theological Society of America. Her other book was also influential in some circles: The Ecumenical Gift Exchange (Liturgical Press, 1998).  The notion of an ecumenical gift exchange was picked up by none other than the late Pope John Paul II in his Ut Unum Sint, on which I have had a few things to say.

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