Waugh Quoted in Bruising Battle of Cardinals

A story in Catholic World Review by Edward Peters, described elsewhere as a Canon Law expert, opens with a quote from Brideshead Revisited to describe a doctrinal dispute between two Vatican officials:

Evelyn Waugh’s character Charles Ryder described his friend Sebastian’s protracted acts of self-destruction as “a blow, expected, repeated, falling upon a bruise, with no smart or shock of surprise, only a dull and sickening pain and the doubt whether another like it could be borne” (Brideshead Revisited, 1945) . I thought of Waugh’s words as I read… some excerpts translated from Francesco Cdl. Coccopalmerio’s new, short book on Pope Francis’ Amoris laetitia.

Cardinal Coccopalmerio’s book reportedly takes an expansive position on the Pope’s pronouncement. Another related article on LifeSite News requotes Waugh from the CWR article. Both articles see as opposing Coccopalmerio’s position another high-ranking Vatican cleric, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, who is prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. 

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