Are We a Well Read Culture?

Fr. Edward Lee Looney

Fr. Edward Lee Looney

Fr. Edward L. Looney was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Green Bay on June 6, 2015. Fr. Looney has a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother, is a member of the Mariological Society of America, and has researched and written extensively on the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, recognized as the first and only approved Marian apparition in the United States. His most recent work is A Rosary Litany. To learn more visit: Disclaimer: The views expressed by the author are his alone, and do not reflect those of his diocese. He seeks to always remain faithful to the Magisterium.

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    I imagine that many Catholics shun the Catholic classics, not just because they are demanding, but because they contradict what some call “the spirit of Vatican II”. Augustine, Dante, Thomas a Kempis – how steeped they are in the language of temptation, sin and atonement!

    Not only that, these great works rest in turn on other great works, and so on. A number of years ago I quipped to a friend that if you followed this chain to its end you’d end up reading the Pre-Socratics in the original Greek, and meant it as an excuse for not diving in more than I had. But what ended up happening? I found myself reading the Pre-Socratics in the original Greek…granted, as best I could, after much study, and with many helps.

    What lies between them and us is the great feast that is our inheritance. Why deny ourselves such nourishment?

    D.S. Thorne (check out my own reading journal at

  2. Well, when you have women falling all over 50 shades of “tie a rock to my neck and drown me in a river so I can stop hearing about this swill, men barely able to think beyond the “good articles” in maxim or playboy, I’d say the answer is generally no.

  3. MarytheDefender

    You make a great point about how people are not well-versed enough in the classics. I was a literature student in college and so I’ve been reasonably exposed to the classics. I think its because most aren’t exposed to it and tend to be put off as something to difficult for them to attempt to read. My interest in classics was first sparked by the kid’s show “Wishbone.” Does anybody remember that? Its great way to introduce kid’s to the classics and how it can be relevant to our lives. Classic literature teaches about the essence of the human person.

    But I’ve also grown up on Young Adult or Teenage fiction. My Mom raised us on Newberry books. I think both genres have their strong suits. There are many “Young Adult” books with very deep and profound themes. What makes them more appealing is that they are written by more contemporary authors and about contemporary issues, themes and experiences.

    As for Catholic classics… I wonder why Catholic schools don’t incorporate that into the curriculum? Just a thought… Maybe not for grade school students, but if high school students study Shakespeare, surely they can appreciate “Story of a Soul” etc, albeit maybe only intellectually. I don’t think I could have truly appreciated these until God gifted me with a deeper conversion…

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