Paul is finalising the proofs for his forthcoming book Intellectuals and the Decline of Religion: Essays and Reviews, to be published by Boolarong Press. It will discuss thinkers such as Newman, Maude Petre, Chesterton, Lionel Curtis, Middleton Murry, Priestley, Toynbee, Tawney, Muggeridge, Vidler, T. S. Eliot, C. S. Lewis and Joseph Needham.
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Maude Petre explains why she stayed within the Catholic Church despite her continuing difficulties caused by her “Modernist heresies” (now regarded as legitimate calls for reform and implemented in Vatican II). See the final section of Paul’s revised essay on “Maude Petre: A Modernist Martyr” in his website dpcrook.wordpress.com.
Maude Petre and George Tyrrell had one of the great love affairs of the time, even though it was non-sexual. He was a dissident Jesuit and she was high up in a Catholic order. For the story of their love see my essay on Maude, A Modernist Martyr (from p.8) in my website dpcrook.wordpress.com. Click maude-petre Maude Petre
“If the world were not full of sorrow and sin; if it were a terrestrial paradise… how could people’s hearts and minds have ever been knit together into one? Compassion, the divine thing about us, would have lain dormant in the depths of our heart like a pearl buried in the ocean; whereas now it shines even in the darkest and most seemingly God-forsaken souls”
(George Tyrrell, Nova et Vetera [The New and the Old]: Informal Meditations for Times of Spiritual Dryness, 1897).