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wWednesday, April 24, 2002

CATHOLIC STUFF: Looking through Paul Hein's Strike the Root archive, I ran across this incendiary column in defense of the Catholic Church, warts and all. The nut:

"[T]he Church, despite its relentless attempts at suicide, is still taken seriously enough to be considered a threat to the Establishment. Nobody, frankly, gives a damn about the Unitarians, or Presbyterians, Seventh-Day Adventists, etc. The thrust of the attacks upon the Church is to reduce it to another Protestant denomination, singing hymns and sipping grape juice, and utterly without effect in the world."

The piece is far from persuasive, but, as usual, you've got to hand it to Paul for putting up one hell of a ruckus. The guy does not write things by halves.

Meanwhile, Deal Hudson, on the 20th anniversary of Crisis Magazine reflects on the state of Catholic journalism today. He sees a real need for, as the column title proclaims, "More Stories, Fewer Lectures." When he took over Crisis six years ago, "[l]ike many Catholics concerned with the direction of the Church, I assumed that the independent Catholic press existed primarily to argue in favor of the doctrines being ignored or sidestepped by the clergy."

Well, now that that void has been filled "to the point of near exhaustion. You can hardly pick up a Catholic magazine that doesn’t tell you that we live in a culture of death that must be overcome by a culture of life...":

"No doubt these articles must be written. The only trouble is that too many of them only tell us what we already know. For Catholic journalism to flourish, what we need—desperately, I might add—are writers willing to investigate the concrete circumstances of the Church and culture today, and write about these in imaginative, accessible prose.


posted by Jeremy at 1:10 AM