This is my second posting of a video from ✟ BasedKnight ✟. He pulls together both pre-modern and post-modern notables. He’s got his fingers on the pulse of youth today, and it’s very exciting, in contraposition to the people of my generation who are stodgy and dodgy.
In his video I spotted St. Padre Pio, a true stigmatic, looking directly into the camera. Then came Tolkien, and that led me to Holly Ordway, an American scholar of English literature who has written a book about what books Tolkien read. I recommend this interview of Ordway by her publisher. First is the video, and that is followed by the Ordway interview.
Tolkien attended the Latin Mass at the London Oratory, Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, better known as the Brompton Oratory. I was fortunate enough to visit the Brompton Oratory.
Tolkien did not sign the petition to preserve the Latin Mass, which Paul VI accepted, but a writer-communist did, a man who proclaimed Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings to be irrelevant. His name was Philip Toynbee. Fact is stranger than fiction.