… the reality is that Catholic doctrinal, sacramental, artistic, and ascetic practices have been greatly weakened over the last fifty years. What some have called “suburban rite Catholicism” often has the same deracinated, placeless feel as the kind of globalized metropolitan existence that Gioia finds so destructive to American writing in general. While Gioia is correct that theology and philosophy cannot create culture on their own, a robust embrace of Catholic teaching and a true wrestling with the reflective traditions around it is necessary on a broad level to create a community with enough common assumptions to both inspire and sustain a vigorous intellectual and artistic life.Thomas Day, the author of Where Have You Gone, Michelangelo, which is mentioned near the end of this piece, was a college classmate of mine. A sterling fellow.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
… Prospects of a Catholic Literary Revival | Catholic World Report - Global Church news and views. (Hat tip, G. E. Reutter.)