By Una M. Cadegan
Until the shut of the second one Vatican Council in 1965, the stance of the Roman Catholic Church towards the social, cultural, monetary, and political advancements of the 20 th century was once principally hostile. evidently against secularization, skeptical of capitalist markets detached to questions of justice, stressed and appalled through new varieties of low and high tradition, and proof against the social and monetary freedom of women—in all of those methods the Catholic Church set itself up as a completely anti-modern establishment. but, in and during the interval from international conflict I to Vatican II, the Church did interact with, react to, or even accommodate quite a few features of modernity. In All stable Books Are Catholic Books, Una M. Cadegan exhibits how the Church’s reputable place on literary tradition constructed over this significant period.
The Catholic Church within the usa maintained an Index of Prohibited Books and the nationwide Legion of Decency (founded in 1933) lobbied Hollywood to edit or ban videos, pulp magazines, and comedian books that have been morally suspect. those rules posed a drawback for the self-understanding of Catholic American readers, writers, and students. yet as Cadegan unearths, Catholics constructed a cause in which they can either admire the legislation of the Church because it sought to guard the integrity of doctrine and likewise have interaction the tradition of creative and advertisement freedom within which they operated as american citizens. Catholic literary figures together with Flannery O’Connor and Thomas Merton are very important to Cadegan’s argument, really as their careers and the reception in their paintings display shifts within the courting among Catholicism and literary tradition. Cadegan trains her recognition on American critics, editors, and college professors and directors who mediated the connection one of the Church, parishioners, and the tradition at large.
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All Good Books Are Catholic Books: Print Culture, Censorship, and Modernity in Twentieth-Century America (Cushwa Center Studies of Catholicism in Twentieth-Century America) by Una M. Cadegan