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July 31, 2007



St. Thomas More is my husband's patron saint--and because he's the patron saint of attorneys, also happens to be mine.

Ah, but what can one way about the martyrs of the English Reformation? The Jesuits, back when they were magnificent? I keep thinking I will send Mel Gibson a copy of Fr. Benson's "Come Rack! Come Rope!" to persuade him to turn it into a film. If anyone can do a good job of it, he can.

Old Dominion Tory

On the topic of the priests who returned to Tudor England in order to keep The Faith alive, I also recommend "God's Secret Agents" by Alice Hogge, who apparently is from a recusant family. Another good book is the well-illustrated "The Catholics and Their Houses," a tour of the houese of the English families that stayed true to the Church.
One more nifty book for those interested in English Catholics is Mark Bence-Jones' "The Catholic Families." Very entertaining and informative, it examines the loyal families up until the early 1990s.

Mrs. Peperium

Christine, Mel Gibson? Heck, we can write the screenplay ourselves. Father M. can drum up the financing among the D.C. crowd. Then we'll shoot shoot it ourselves (I can run a camera-- even know the trick of Vaseline on the lense to make the ladies more attractive like they always did in Star Trek) and we'll use Sir Basil's wardrobe. I'm sure he's got a extra few lace ruffs and tights around...

Hmmn...the casting sessions could be great fun as we'll need to find real men...

ODT, I'll have to look at those...if I ever get the chance...

Andrew Cusack

I recommend the 'Autobiography of a Hunted Priest' by Fr. John Gerard, written in Latin and translated into English, with an introduction by Graham Greene? I have an old paperback edition from the 1970s or thenabouts.

Anyhow, it's the autobiography of an English Jesuit who slips about England in disguise and even goes to jail, and escapes. All very interesting, especially since it is all from the perspective of the hunted priest himself.

Old Dominion Tory

I might answer the casting call, Mrs. Peperium, except that, with the way I look now, I fear I'd end up being cast in the role of a corrupt Tudor functionary, instead of one of the admirable characters, such as Cardinal Allen.

Nasty, Brutish and Short

Wow, it takes a lot to offend me. And this is really offensive.

Mrs. Peperium

I'm sorry Nasty.

Basil Seal

"Never apologize, never explain..." -Evelyn Waugh

Nasty, Brutish & Short

Pas de probleme. It is an extremely agitating time to be Anglican, and my fuse is short.

Mrs. Peperium

Glad to hear that about the no problem bit. Not the agitating time bit...

Have a great time up North. I've heard it's fantastic up there right now.

Father M.

Msgr. Rohlfs is Rector of my seminary Alma Mater and Msgr. Swetland was in his last year when I was in my first. He is truly brilliant and, like our Christine, an Oxford grad. I was happy to see them quoted.

Thank you for the generous offer of red shoes but they are reserved to the feet of the Fisherman as red shoes, ecclesiastically, remain reserved to the Supreme Pontiff... As for the cape of Archbishop Sheen: Not a chance. Anyway, I love being a parish priest.

Mrs. Peperium

Ah...so they were speaking of you...I knew it...

My detective skills are rather uncanny, aren't they?

Oh and JPII was once a parish priest that traveled about by dog sled...

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