Two (2!!) Chesterton Sightings in one day

From member Carmen, who seems to be reading a lot of really neat things lately:

From THE HERESY OF FORMLESSNESS; The Roman Liturgy and Its Enemy, Martin Mosebach, Ignatius Press, 2006, p. 91:  In an essay discussing the post-conciliar liturgy and the campaign against images, Mosebach speaks of the need for a return to the pre-conciliar liturgy of the Mass.  “The greatest liturgical writer of our century was the Russian priest Pavel Florensky who was shot under Stalin’s regime in 1938.  He is not a saint of the Orthodox Church, nor is his canonization in view, but I regard it as one of the greatest signs of hope that Pope John Paul II installed Florensky’s picture in his private chapel.  Chesterton reminds us that a hope that is based on the least probability cannot actually be described as a Christian virtue.  So while it may be naive to hope that a pope who reads Florensky might revitalize the ancient Christian liturgy, there is still plenty of room for a great and absurd Christian hope of this kind.”


From “First Things,” journal of religion and public life, December 2013 issue, the article “The Catholic Writer Today” by Dana Gioia, poet and critic, former chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, current Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California:  in a paragraph describing the cultural prominence of mid-century American Catholic letters being amplified by international literary trends, Gioia states that “The British ‘Catholic Revival’ led by writers such as Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, J.R.R. Tolkien, Edit Sitwell, Ronald Knox, Hilaire Belloc, David Jones, Muriel Spark, Elizabeth Jennings, and Anthony Burgess provided a contemporary example of how quickly a Protestant and secular literary culture could be enlivened by new voices.  (G. K. Chesterton had died in 1936, but he continued to exercise enormous influence on both British and American writers.)”  The paragraph ends with the quotation from Chesterton, “The crowded stars seem bent upon being understood.”  In a further paragraph Gioia discusses the current collapse of Catholic literary life and his belief that it reflects a “. . . larger crisis of confidence in the Church.”  He then goes on to say, “Needless to say, for Catholicism, this cultural retreat — indeed, this virtual surrender — represents a radical departure from the Church’s traditional role as patron and mentor to the arts.  In only fifty years, the patron has become the pariah.”  This paragraph ends with the quotation from Chesterton, “It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.”

Good things for Chesterton fans to check out and comment on!!!




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