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, financial, and political advancements of the 20th century was once principally hostile. evidently against secularization, skeptical of capitalist markets detached to questions of justice, harassed and appalled by way of new different types of low and high tradition, and proof against the social and fiscal 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 global conflict I to Vatican II, the Church did have interaction with, react to, or even accommodate a variety of elements of modernity. In All reliable Books Are Catholic Books, Una M. Cadegan exhibits how the Church’s professional place on literary tradition built 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 video clips, pulp magazines, and comedian books that have been morally suspect. those rules posed a disadvantage for the self-understanding of Catholic American readers, writers, and students. yet as Cadegan reveals, Catholics constructed a intent through which they can either recognize the legislation of the Church because it sought to guard the integrity of doctrine and likewise interact the tradition of inventive and advertisement freedom during which they operated as americans. Catholic literary figures together with Flannery O’Connor and Thomas Merton are vital to Cadegan’s argument, quite as their careers and the reception in their paintings show shifts within the dating 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