English Sistine Chapel

You have to love the English. They drive you absolutely crazy, then they come up with some great eccentric like Gary–a self taught sign painter who has done a faithful reproduction of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the village of Goring-by-Sea in West Sussex. View pictures and learn about Gary here. H/T Auntie [Read More...]

Furry Fish

The Curt Jester has this post about the capybara a South American aquatic rodent that missionaries asked the Pope to classify as a fish so it could be eaten during Lent. Catholics in Michigan eat muskrat during Lent for the same reasons. There’s a fine article about the custom here. I like the final comment [Read More...]

Ad Orientem

During Lent, Fr Newman is writing a series of Sunday bulletins for St Mary’s, Greenville on the reasons why celebration of the Mass ad orientem is consistent with the ancient traditions of the church. Week One is here, and the second installment is here. See what you think. [Read more...]

Charles Ryder


If Lord Marchmain holds in himself all of the Flyte offspring, a friend has pointed out that Charles does as well. Sebastian the degenerate is in Charles. Julia the adulterer is in Charles, Bridey the rational, detached observer is in Charles, and in the end Cordelia, the believer is in Charles too. Charles, coming from [Read More...]

Counter Knowledge

Damian Thompson comments on the conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Diana Princess of Wales, the conspiracy that the US government planned the 9/11 attacks and a new theory that Facebook is a front by CIA to spy on people. Damian’s new book is about what he calls ‘counterknowledge’. It is a study of conspiracy [Read More...]

The Villain of the Piece


Is divorce a crime? One of the greatest aspects of Brideshead Revisited is to observe the results of Lord Marchmain’s abandonment of his family. He claims on his deathbed that ‘We were fighting for freedom. I took my freedom. Was that a crime?’ In a devastating moment Cordelia (as always) speaks the truth. “I think [Read More...]