Category Archives: Catholicism

A Little More Learning

Sophia Waugh, Evelyn’s grand daughter and Auberon’s daughter, writes this week in the Catholic Herald about the current state of Roman Catholic schools in the UK. The article opens with a brief review of the differing attitudes of various members … Continue reading

Posted in Catholicism, Newspapers, Waugh Family | Tagged , | Comments Off on A Little More Learning

Roundup: Sash Windows and Sitwells

–Eleanor Doughty writing in Country Life considers whether sash windows should be repaired or replaced. She opens the story with this: There is something about a sash window, isn’t there? The gentle squeak and heave as you lift it up, … Continue reading

Posted in Auctions, Catholicism, Combe Florey, Interviews, Letters, Newspapers | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Roundup: Sash Windows and Sitwells

Waugh Would Not Be Happy

To Evelyn Waugh, one of the most important aspects of the Roman Catholic Church’s Vatican II reforms of 1960 was the limitation on the use of the traditional Latin Mass. He spent his final years in active opposition to this … Continue reading

Posted in Catholicism, Newspapers | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Waugh Would Not Be Happy

“Bridey’s Bombshell” Queried

In his Daily Mail blog, Peter Hitchens wonders whether Evelyn Waugh got it wrong about the Roman Catholic view of marriage in Brideshead Revisited, at least as it has been applied to the recent marriage of twice-divorced Boris Johnson in … Continue reading

Posted in Brideshead Revisited, Catholicism, Newspapers | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on “Bridey’s Bombshell” Queried

Memorial Day/Spring Bank Holiday Roundup

–Historian Niall Ferguson writes about his latest book in the Daily Mail. This is entitled Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe. He opens with the observation that the British have made a habit of laughing in the face of death, offering … Continue reading

Posted in Adaptations, Brideshead Revisited, Catholicism, Newspapers, Radio Programs, Television, The Loved One, Vile Bodies | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Memorial Day/Spring Bank Holiday Roundup

Tax Day Roundup

–An article in Lapham’s Quarterly commemorates Tax Day (even though it may have been postponed in the USA this year). This is from the recent book Rebellion, Rascals and Revenue: Tax Follies and Wisdom through the Ages by Michael Keen … Continue reading

Posted in Biographies, Brideshead Revisited, Catholicism, Newspapers, Scoop, Waugh Family | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Tax Day Roundup

Mid-December Roundup

–Posted on the website of the Australian literary journal Quadrant, an article by Mark McGinness marks the 75th anniversary of Nancy Mitford’s novel The Pursuit of Love. This was published on 10 December 1945 about 6 months after Brideshead Revisited … Continue reading

Posted in Anniversaries, Brideshead Revisited, Catholicism, Decline and Fall, Letters, Newspapers, World War II | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Mid-December Roundup

Conversion Anniversary

The American Spectator, a conservative journal, has an article by Tom Raabe marking the 90th anniversary of Evelyn Waugh’s conversion to Roman Catholicism on 29 September 1930. Raabe remarks that, at first, the conversion did not have much impact on … Continue reading

Posted in Anniversaries, Brideshead Revisited, Catholicism, Newspapers | Tagged , | Comments Off on Conversion Anniversary

Michaelmas Observed

In a short article in the Daily Telegraph, Christopher Howse explains the meaning and importance of St Michael whose day is marked tomorrow (29 September) as Michaelmas. Howse is reminded of a prayer to St Michael which is mentioned in … Continue reading

Posted in Catholicism, Newspapers, Officers and Gentlemen | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Michaelmas Observed

Another Look at Brideshead (More)

This editorial message appeared in a recent TLS.  It relates to the subject of Eleanor’s Doughty’s article in The Critic that was discussed in a previous post. Here is the opening section from the TLS: Edith Wharton was buried in … Continue reading

Posted in Brideshead Revisited, Catholicism, Newspapers, Sword of Honour | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Another Look at Brideshead (More)