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English author Evelyn Waugh, most famous for his novel Brideshead Revisited, became a Roman Catholic in 1930. For the last decade of his life, however, Waugh experienced the changes being made to the Church's liturgy to be nothing short of "a bitter trial". In John Cardinal Heenan, Waugh found a sympathetic pastor and somewhat of a kindred spirit.

This volume brings together the personal correspondence between Waugh and Heenan during the 1960s, a trying period for many faithful ...

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A Bitter Trial

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Overview

English author Evelyn Waugh, most famous for his novel Brideshead Revisited, became a Roman Catholic in 1930. For the last decade of his life, however, Waugh experienced the changes being made to the Church's liturgy to be nothing short of "a bitter trial". In John Cardinal Heenan, Waugh found a sympathetic pastor and somewhat of a kindred spirit.

This volume brings together the personal correspondence between Waugh and Heenan during the 1960s, a trying period for many faithful Catholics. It begins with a 1962 article Waugh wrote for the Spectator followed by a response from then Archbishop Heenan, who at the time was a participant at the Second Vatican Council. These and the other writings included in this book paint a vivid picture of two prominent and loyal English Catholics who lamented the loss of Latin and the rupture of tradition that resulted from Vatican II.

In the light of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, many Catholics are looking again at the post-conciliar liturgical changes. To this "reform of the reform" of the liturgy now underway in the Roman Catholic Church, both Heenan and Waugh have much to contribute.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000961902
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 10/26/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 217 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2011

    A short but stirring read

    This is an intimate view of the private sufferings of a faithful Catholic who loved his Church and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. His letters encapsulate the sense of loss felt by many who saw their ritual link with centuries of ancestors sacrificed on the altar of progress.

    Encouraging is the openness of young people tlo the Traditional Latin Mass. Their embracing of the New Evangelization has given them an appreciation for traditional dogma, so they are naturally less suspicious of traditional worship.

    Pray Pope Benedict XVI will continue to inspire Catholics to seek contemplative, reverent Masses over the pop band novelties that would have made St. Therese of Lisieux run out of the chapel in horror or a British Martyr priest from the 16th and 17th century feel betrayed.

    As always, Dom Alcuin has overseen yet another brilliant work to further the liturgical debate.

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