A Flyte of Fancy

brideshead

Here is my article for The Catholic Thing for this month. It is a few thoughts on the symbolism in Evelyn Waugh’s masterpiece, Brideshead Re-Visited…and here is a piece on Brideshead for The Imaginative Conservative. A friend once observed that Brideshead could stand for the Catholic Church – the  “bride” of Christ who is the “head” of [Read More...]

What That Church of England Vote is Really About…

Church of England's General Synod

On Monday the Church of England did not simply vote to ordain women as bishops. The members of the General Synod made an even more historic decision. They decided once and for all the true nature of the Church of England. After the Protestant Revolution of the sixteenth century it was very clear for three [Read More...]

Tolkien’s ‘No’ to Narnia

jrr-tolkien

If I had a time machine that could not only set me down not only in a particular date, but a particular place, I’d choose the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford on a Tuesday night in 1950 when C.S.Lewis was reading selections from his Chronicles of Narnia. He’d be there before a roaring fire [Read More...]

The Decline of the Church in Britain

Whitby Abbey - "bare, ruined quires"

Damian Thompson (who is probably one of the world’s greatest journalists) write here about the decline of Christianity in Britain. The shrinking of those who identify as Christians is combined with a dramatic surge in the Muslim population. You can’t disagree with the statistics: Since the last census in 2001, the number of Britons identifying [Read More...]

Understanding the Crisis in the Church of England

Westminster Abbey

Do you need to understand the Church of England? Here are some explanations from this former Anglican: The Church of England is the Mother Church of the churches of the Worldwide Anglican Communion. Each of these churches are national churches and are independent. So, for example, the Anglican Church in Nigeria is independent from the [Read More...]

Who Governs the Church of England?

Today the Church of England General Synod will take a historic vote on the question of women bishops. The vote will be very close. Although it is thought that most people are in favor of women bishops, there are enough opposed to make the success of the measure in doubt. What interests me is that [Read More...]


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