Religion: Farm Street

A good deal of the light and power of British Roman Catholicism emanates from an undistinguished-looking church and a drab, red brick building close by London's Berkeley Square. The church is officially called the Church of the Immaculate Conception and the building is headquarters of the English Jesuits, but both together are much better known as Farm Street. Farm Street's back door is the gateway through which pass the more notable British converts to Catholicism.*

First with the Best. It was not always so. The Jesuits had no permanent headquarters in England until the mid-19th century, when official tolerance at last encouraged...

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