Thursday, July 25, 2002

The Intellectual Revival and the Aftermath of Vatican II
Between 1920 and 1960, after the first phase of the Modernist crisis was over, there was an astounding Catholic intellectual revival, encompassing the work of people ranging from Frank Sheed to Sigrid Undset. It is amazing to me that with such a storehouse of genius, after the Council things went to heck in a handbasket. To the chagrine of many (but unfortunately not all) of those who were the main players in the revival. How does one explain (without referring to Genesis 3) how such marvelous work bore so little obvious fruit in the dominent "intellectual" work of the first 20 years after the Council? It was like the work went dormant for 20 years and then slowly arose from its slumber to influence a new generation (me). Perhaps we could blame it on bad ICEL translations. But then you'd have to explain how the ICEL translation could be so bad in the first place -- and survive for 32 years! Romanitas, I guess.

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