Russell Shaw on Building a Catholic Culture

Dominique Deming

A friend of the ICC wrote in with a link to an article about a new book about building a successful Catholic identity in the U.S.A., saying it reminded him of what the Institute of Catholic Culture is doing. An excerpt of the article:

…the Church has no significant influence on the broader secular culture because so many American Catholics have plunged “unconditionally” into that culture.

The solution, a new subculture, must be based in “a Catholic identity which is outward-looking and which is profoundly and radically committed to evangelization” of the larger culture, the author emphasized.

This subculture must sustain its members and maintain Catholic identity.

“You have to get your identity, values and commitments right or you’re going to be in serious trouble,” he said.

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