Stratfordians fighting on two fronts now the Vatican weighs in

Posted By on November 20, 2011

The Vatican Decrees Shakespeare a Catholic? Really?

My blog post about the Vatican’s coming out for the Catholic Bard thesis and Peter Dickson’s flamboyant response is now available.

Dickson comments:

“Given the report concerning the bombshell announcement and apparent claim by the Vatican’s official newspaper (L’Osservatore Romano), anti-Stratfordians and Oxfordians can never say I did not warn them since 1998 of the importance of the issue of whether the Stratford man was a secret Catholic as many Stratfordians believe.  And many of them devoutly hope this ”truth” would help explain why the traditional Bard from Stratford-on-Avon is so mysterious, so elusive when it comes to proving that he really was the great literary figure.  The secret Catholic theory which actually goes back to the mid-1800s was in part a response to the anti-Stratfordians.”   More.

Dickson’s analysis of the Catholic-Protestant split in Shakespearean studies from the Oxfordian (2003) is available here.

About the author

Heward Wilkinson, BA MA, MSc Psychotherapy, UKCP Registered Integrative Psychotherapist, studied English and Theology at Cambridge, and Religious Studies at Lancaster. Originally a psychiatric nurse, he practices psychotherapy in London, with a special interest in the interface between religion, philosophy, the arts, and psychotherapy. He has developed the poetic analogy in his new book The Muse as Therapist: a New Poetic Paradigm for Psychotherapy and in chapter 4 of Beyond Post-Modernism: New Dimensions in Clinical Theory and Practice, edited by Roger Frie and Donna Orange. He is Fellow of United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy. He runs Philosophy Courses relevant to Psychotherapy in both UK and Ireland. His interests include: the interface between art and psychotherapy; Shakespeare and the authorship question; and the philosophical roots of our modern understandings of the world. He tries to bring jest and humour to serious matters without dismissing their seriousness.


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