A propos of Not-Ted’s and CM’s comments here, and courtesy of Amy, a piece on Graham Greene and his Catholicism. Interesting tidbit:

“Although Greene claimed to dislike the label ‘Catholic novelist’, he retained his faith, if not his belief, in Catholicism all his life. To his dying day he kept a photograph in his wallet of the Italian stigmatic Padre Pio, whose hands and feet were said to display the wounds of Christ. Whether these lesions were of neurotic origin – psychological rather than supernatural – Greene did not care to know: he wanted there to be a mystery at the heart of life. It may seem incredible that an intelligent man could be awed by the irrationality of stigmatism. But as Greene told the Tablet in 1989: ‘There is a mystery. There is something inexplicable in human life.'”


  1. I think that final comment is the true reason why Graham Greene is my favourite author (and has been since before I converted). It is the mystery that he acknowledges and that we are long for. Even when he doesn’t ‘believe’ everything, he still can’t get away from it.
    I think that makes his novels much more honest than most other I have read.

  2. Notrelatedtoted says

    Matt – thanks for the linkage. I read some of it, but didn’t have time to read it all and hope to loop back to it. I was under the impression that Greene had almost completely fallen away. The article seems to suggest otherwise, even if he may not have agreed with the Church on all points.

  3. Adam DeVille says

    I’ve been meaning to read a biography of Greene for a while but have not gotten around to it. Has anyone read one? Which do they recommend? (I think there are at least two extant.)

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