Friday, February 25, 2011

Recovering a Catholic subculture
One of the worst mistakes American Catholicism ever made was the scrapping in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s of the subculture that had served it well up to that time. That was the era of the great flight from what Catholic intellectuals snobbishly called the “Catholic ghetto.”
Critics like Arturo might point out you can’t manufacture it overnight, and I see the point he’d make about Shaw’s Novus neoconnish moralising, as if the church in America were supposed to be a branch of the Protestant right and modern Republican Party, the subculture it seems Shaw wants to create (I’d rather watch Puerto Rican reggaetón videos), but yes. Who else has thought it ironic that the libs who rabbited on about ‘community’ destroyed real community? Because that community was Catholic and they’re not.

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