Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Englishness
Ur-WASPness... in the Catholic Church? Hard to believe but not really. A country literally forced from the church but with cultural reminders/clues everywhere, stone-towered St Mary’s and other saints’-named churches, bishops etc. No wonder Pugin and the Tractarians got ideas. One of which was a kind of 19th-century Roman Catholicism done in style, in English, keeping the stiff upper lip, the prose and the hymns. The Pope says, ‘Come on in!’




As imagined over here:

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