This week’s Question: “What is a ‘Rubric’?”
The answer to last week’s Question: “Where does the phrase, ‘Robbing Peter to pay Paul’ come from?” The phrase, meaning debt shifting, or borrowing money from one to pay off another, has its origins in England – in the Middle Ages, the Abbey of St. Peter’s, (known today simply as “Westminster Abbey”) was ordered to sell property to help defray the expenses of repairs being made to St. Paul’s Cathedral. This order was, evidently, resented by the Benedictine monks at St. Peter’s Abbey! Some scholars say that the phrase goes back even further, to Rome and refers to a similar transfer of property from St. Peter’s Basilica to the Basilica of St. Paul-outside-the-walls!
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