Category Archives: Catholicism

Brideshead is a Picnic, but not Always

The Field magazine has an article about the traditional British picnic and urges its revival. After describing literary picnics in The Wind and the Willows and Emma, the article decides there are two basic types:… it would be appalling humbug … Continue reading

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Brideshead Revisited x 2

A Roman Catholic magazine, the Homilitic and Pastoral Review (HPR), has published a feature length article entitled “ Sacraments in Brideshead Revisited”. The magazine is aimed at church professionals and specializes in articles on “doctrine, spiritual guidance, morality and authentic pastoral practice.” The … Continue reading

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Brideshead Article Reprinted

The politically conservative journal Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture has posted a 2015 article by Roman Catholic journalist Joseph Pearce. The article, entitled “Revisiting Brideshead“, provides a concise and coherent restatement of the religious underpinnings of Waugh’s novel Brideshead Revisited. Particularly good, … Continue reading

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Italian Review of Decline and Fall

Radio Spada, the Roman Catholic news website based in Italy, has published a review by Luca Fumagalli of Waugh’s Decline and Fall (published in Italian as Declino e caduta). This review covers both the book and the recent BBC TV serial which … Continue reading

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Donald Trump, Pope Francis and Rex Mottram in Vanity Fair

Paul Elie, “pontificating” (his pun) in Vanity Fair magazine, writes of the possible results of this week’s meeting between Donald Trump and Pope Francis. He begins by comparing their respective elections:How strange is this: a group of 115 unelected celibate men of … Continue reading

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Promotion Begins for US Broadcast of Decline and Fall

Several internet sites that track TV streaming services have noted Acorn TV’s offering of the BBC adaptation of Decline and Fall. This will begin on May 15. The most interesting is a review on the website TV Equals by P … Continue reading

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Another Norwegian Article on Brideshead

The recent new translation of Brideshead Revisited into Norwegian has engendered another article. See earlier posts. This appears in a Norwegian-language Roman Catholic  weblog and is written by Fr Oddvar Moi. The article contains a brief description of Waugh’s early life … Continue reading

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The Caramanserai and Objets D’Arcy

The current issue of The Tablet has a feature length article about Frederick Copleston, SJ entitled “The Cleverest Jesuit”. This is by John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University and University of St Andrews. He begins by describing the context … Continue reading

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Waugh, Helena and the Gnostics

George Weigel, author and Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, has a written an essay aimed at generating interest in Waugh’s late novel Helena. Writing in the Catholic World Report, Weigel describes the novel … Continue reading

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Waugh in Reviews

The Prufrock column in this week’s Weekly Standard magazine contains this reference to the new book Ronald Knox: A Man for All Seasons, with a link to a review of the book:The Catholic priest Ronald Knox made a deep impression … Continue reading

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