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author Evelyn Waugh, most famous for his novel Brideshead Revisited,
became a Roman Catholic in 1930. For the last decade of his life,
however, Waugh experienced the changes being made to the Church's
liturgy to be nothing short of "a bitter trial". In John
Cardinal Heenan, Waugh found a sympathetic pastor and somewhat of a
volume brings together the personal correspondence between Waugh and
Heenan during the 1960s, a trying period for many faithful Catholics.
It begins with a 1962 article Waugh wrote for the Spectator followed
by a response from then Archbishop Heenan, who at the time was a
participant at the Second Vatican Council. These and the other
writings included in this book paint a vivid picture of two prominent
and loyal English Catholics who lamented the loss of Latin and the
rupture of tradition that resulted from Vatican II.
the light of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI, many Catholics are
looking again at the post-conciliar liturgical changes. To this
"reform of the reform" of the liturgy now underway in the
Roman Catholic Church, both Heenan and Waugh have much to contribute.