Tuesday, November 16, 2004

PERMIT ME TO REPEAT MYSELF

I finally got myself organized with the folks over at Catholic Exchange such that they will now be posting all my columns from the National Catholic Register. This will provide an on-line archive for me (and reveal in no uncertain terms that I really only have about four and a half original thoughts, but I keep recombining them in endless schticks...). I sent them all the articles from the last year, and they will be posting them over the next several months.

They are running one today called, "Five Things The Church Can Do To Fix the Culture Fast". Enjoy it again - it just gets better!

[Inner, dark whiny Barb self] And when I grow up, I want to be listed on their front page along with their special columnists....RIGHT ABOVE Amy Welborn.

[Cough] Clearly, we have a way to go before growing up...ahem.

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GregC said...

Hah, so true about original thoughts, but few people are even willing to think, at least you have that?

I was thinking, the battle that you're facing, (against the proclivity of Catholics to denounce art and culture as evil and then rant about it (which is funny cause at least in politics we all seem to agree that you can't complain if you don't participate)), and the struggle to take and sanctify the teaching of art and be on the forefront of its widespread application, doesn't this struggle have parrelels in the realm of sexual education, or rather the Catholic teaching of the theology of the body and the importance of the family?

Sexual revolution seperates emotions and morality from sexuality, Catholics are unsophisticated "prudes", leave themselves out of the debate by letting the opponent define the terms, leave society to it's own sexual "freedom" which invariably leads to the breakdown of the family and the institution of marriage, the acceptance of contraception and abortion, and now euthenasia and stem cell research etc. All seems very coorelary to the de-evolution of art in this country.

Are there lessons in that ongoing battle, (where I think a guy like Chris West is doing awesome work to apply and spread the Church's teaching) that help you? And where is that coorelation? Is it in our own lack of charity to reach out to people when their doing things we don't like?

I appreciate your work, keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Just an "attagirl" to Barbara in the midst of Solemn Critics on your "tone." Thank you for being yourself, pretty much uncensored. You're a treasure. I think people whose Territory (and it may be wonderful, holy, important Territory) is not a lightning mind and the dance of mated incongruities that is art, want to constrain folks like you to be "nice" above All.

Chill, folks, the saints were not all Sunday School teachers who emptied bedpans in their spare time, speaking slowly and in words of one syllable so as not to startle the baby. If you're offended, pass on in peace. Everything can be nit-picked from the fulcrum of one convenient isolated virtue. Ask yourselves whether you want to discourage a charism like Barbara's, to address in her stead these topics, to engage the challenge of inspiring people at the Notre Dame festival.

P.S. I think faithful Christians are not a long way from persecution, either, what with "hate speech" fines or imprisonment. Just a little breathing space in the/my culture, but no guarantees.

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