Reviews of Classic Catholic Books
Rarely in the publicity about the new film is any mention made of the fact that Tolkien was a devout Catholic and that his work reflects his Faith. He wrote to a priest friend, "The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously so in the revision".
"The Catholic Church has always taught that there is a Purgatory but has been able to tell us precious little about it. Apart from Dante's imagination it is only in the writings of the visionaries that we are afforded even a precarious spy-hole into the celestial smelting works, and we can give or withold our credence for their reports as we choose.
"Of these spy-holes, the one treated with the most reverence by theologians and spiritual writers is the Treatise on Purgatory by Catherine of Genoa.
"It is a work of seventeen chapters in as many pages, yet it is written with such rare intensity and simplicity that one feels a whole shelf of volumes couldn't focus on the subject with the same precision.
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