Time for a Truly Catholic Renovation | Crisis Magazine

This article was published two days ago and written by Anthony Esolen, who teaches Renaissance English Literature and the Development of Western Civilization at Providence College. He has also translated Dante and Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme Liberata (1581).

. . . The intellectuals despised the piety of the people for being too sweet, which it sometimes was; and replaced the pastries with sawdust. Catholic prayer had been steeped in theological reflection, as in that exclamation that Victoria set to music. Now it would be merely propositional and declarative, a death valley of dry bones. We ended up with a reformation suspicious of Scripture, an enlightenment of slogans, and a democratism rigidly enforced by clerics and religious against the desires of the people. We ended up with neither Palestrina nor Sweet Sacrament; neither John of the Cross nor Alphonsus Liguori. We ended up with bare walls, bad music, forgotten devotions, and empty pews.

So it is time for a truly Catholic Renovation. Roll up the sleeves, people!

I do so hope that Professor Esolen is not planning to armar lío, but it sounds a bit like it.

Full article here. And there to see also what the above anthem is all about.

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2 Responses to Time for a Truly Catholic Renovation | Crisis Magazine

  1. mjaldon says:

    Oh how cool. Thanks for sharing

  2. GC says:

    You’re welcome, mjaldon, and can I say I liked your little musing on the very low door of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the Door of Humility.

    I might have been misinformed, but I was long ago told that Christian churches in Ottoman lands often had low, narrow doorways for defensive purposes, such as preventing tribesmen driving their livestock into the sanctuary and out again. But I like your idea too.

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