Mike Aquilina

Clement of Rome — the Comeback Tour!

Sunday January 23rd 2011, 12:46 pm

Awesome news: Msgr. Thomas Herron’s book Clement and the Early Church of Rome: On the Dating of Clement’s First Epistle to the Corinthians — long out of print and extremely rare — is at last back in circulation, and at a steal of a price. In a truly just world, there would be dancing in the streets. Msgr. Herron, a priest of Philly, was once secretary to a man named Joseph Ratzinger. He also served as my Scripture columnist when I was in the newspaper biz. Ratzinger cites this study in his work. Clayton Jeffords said it persuaded him of the much earlier date for Clement’s letter. You’re gonna love it.

We’ve discussed the first edition of Msgr. Herron’s book in these pages — read here, especially the comments.