Bl. John Henry Newman

Bl. John Henry Newman

Today is the memorial of the great Bl John Henry Newman. Remember his tender and wise words: God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I [Read More...]

Iron Lady Film – Masterpiece or Mess?

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My contribution to The Imaginative Conservative website this week is a review of the film The Iron Lady –a biopic on British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Many criticized the film because it focussed on the retired premier’s dementia and did not laud her political achievements sufficiently. This is to misunderstand both the film and the art form. The [Read More...]

A Flyte of Fancy

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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…

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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

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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

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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...]


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