New Film on Tolkien’s Catholicism

This new film on Tolkien’s Catholicism is really a must-watch for all lovers of Tolkien and the Faith. It begins slowly but merits the time taken to watch it. I enjoyed the various scenes in English pubs (I write as an exile!) and especially the story of how the Devil’s Ring was scorched into the surface of the bar of a pub in Devon and how the Devil was driven away by the goodness of the ale he drank! Priceless! It’s the sort of yarn that Belloc would have delighted in telling. Any way, enjoy!


Seeing Myself in Someone Else’s Conversion

If all roads can be said to lead to Rome, those roads are all very different and start from all four corners of the world and in all twenty-one centuries since the the founding of the Church. This being said and understood, I was very surprised to see surprising similarities between my own road to Rome and the road followed by someone whose path began from a very different time and place.



I feel an irresistible urge to share the brilliance of some sermons on the theology of the Creation narrative in Genesis. I was privileged to be present at these sermons and was gripped instantly by the sheer brilliance of the priest and the way in which he systematically and logically dissected the key issues.
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I note that my less than ringing endorsement of Sir Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation has caused a ripple of irritation in certain quarters. So be it. I stand by what I said. I would, however, like to confess an element of prejudice and presumption. Having made my judgment solely on the basis of the first six episodes that I had seen, and not on the remaining seven that I had not, I was prejudging the case before hearing all the evidence and presuming guilt on the basis of this incomplete evidence.
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I've just received an e-mail from someone concerned about claims that Shakespeare was a homosexual. My correspondent wrote that, at the place at which she taught, "we are mired in Gay History Month and its anticipations, and references are being made to Shakespeare's Sonnet 20. I wondered if you could shed any light on this?"
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Shakespeare and the Saints – in Spanish (Twice!)

A recent essay of mine on Shakespeare and the Saints, originally published in the Catholic Herald, has been republished twice by Religion en Libertad in Spain, in both its news and features sections. Spanish speakers might want to check them out: