In Praise of Robert F. Taft, S.J.

Posted November 6, 2017 6:23 am by Dr. Adam DeVille

In Praise of Robert F. Taft, S.J.

Taft wearing the rarely bestowed double pectoral insignia, the second one from the Ecumenical Patriarch.Word has reached me that the great Byzantine Jesuit historian Robert Taft is declining rapidly, being now past his 85th birthday and in retirement in Boston for several years now. It seems he will very soon stand before the “awesome tribunal of Christ,” as the litany of the Byzantine liturgy, which Taft single-handedly has done so much to help us understand, puts it.I last saw him when we were on a panel together at the Orientale Lumen conference in Washington, DC in June 2011. (The talks

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