One of the numerous high-profile conversions to Catholicism that occurred in the early 20th century was that of famed English author Evelyn Waugh. But in the last decade of his life, Waugh experienced Vatican II and the revolutionary liturgical changes as nothing short of "a bitter trial," finding a sympathizer in John Cardinal Heenan, a participant at the Council.

 

This volume brings together the personal correspondence between Waugh and Heenan during the 1960s, painting a vivid picture of two prominent and loyal English Catholics who lamented the exploding rupture of tradition already resulting from Vatican II at that time.

 

A brief, easy, and compelling - if at times painful - look at "what it was like" in the days of the Council and its immediate aftermath. A good opening read for those who appreciate personal stories.

Book: A Bitter Trial (ed. Reid)

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