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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Event on Thursday (London UK)

This is a direct cut-and-paste job from an e-mail sent to me, but I'm sure noone will mind:

Next Thursday the Society of St. Catherine of Siena is sponsoring a presentation by the author Martin Mosebach of his book 'Heresy of Formlessness', followed by a reception with drinks. The book, recently published in English, is translated from the German publication – Häresie der Formlosigkeit. Die römische Liturgie und ihr Feind'. English copies will be available for purchase courtesy of Family Publications, who can also be reached at

The event will be preceded by Solemn First Vespers of the Immaculate Conception in the Church of the Oratory at 5:30pm.

The presentation is supported by Family Publications Oxford (Distributors for Ignatius press in the United Kingdom)

Martin Mosebach, who will be present on the 7th of December, is a well-known and award-winning German novelist and essayist, has published novels, stories, and collections of poems; he has also written scripts for several films, opera libretti, theatre, and radio plays. He is a regular contributor to the major German newspapers and magazines, including the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Die Zeit. He has even written for the New York Times. Most recently, Mosebach has been awarded the Großer Literaturpreis der Bayerischen Akademie der Schönen Künste. ‘Heresy of Formlessness’ is a collection of essays on the liturgy and its recent reform, not from the perspective of a theologian, but from the perspective of a literary writer. The book helped to bring the debate on the Catholic liturgy into a wider public in Germany. A French translation was published last year, with a preface by the noted German philosopher Robert Spaemann.
(with thanks for the above paragraph to Fr. Rupert McHardy of the London Oratory)
No tickets are required for the evening – anyone is welcome, please spread the word.

Rev'd. Dr. Laurence Paul Hemming
Secretary to the Trustees
Society of St. Catherine of Siena

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