Saturday, 4 December 2010

A Dominican Fighting for the Common Good

"Nobody who ever met or saw or heard Father McNabb has ever forgotten him."  G.K. Chesterton.

A book I read quite recently and which I highly recommend is The Church and the Land by the Irish Dominican priest Fr Vincent McNabb.

Living at the time of Cardinal Newman, Pope Leo XIII and GK Chesterton, he witnessed a world in which conversion to the Church was common, and promotion of the Church's social teaching was winning hearts and minds.

I think it's fair to say that the Catholic Church in England - of which this Irish Dominican was a part - was very much in the ascendancy in his lifetime, very much a part of the universal church yet in parts quintessentially English (as embodied by GKC).

In his book McNabb promotes the Common Good of the people, and tackles issues from agriculture to the notion of work and employment. One of his essays refers to a conference in Cardiff too! It doesn't take much to excite me... ;-)

The Church and the Land by Fr McNabb
Wikipedia on Fr McNabb
Fr McNabb (inc painting on this page).
Fr McNabb on


  1. Great post & blog..I will link to you..

  2. Many thanks. As a new, humble and semi-literate blog I do of course depend on reader promotion for growth.

    The support for my fumbling diction and muddled history is very much appreciated.