URGENT! Make a gift that will be doubled. We have $10,746 left to match by December 1st.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Jack who?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Aug 25, 2005

I winced at this detail from Sandro Magister's follow-up on WYD.

Cardinal Angelo Scola, one of the many bishops who came to catechize the young people during the first three days of the vigil with the pope, thought he would win them over with a ten-minute recitation from "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac.

Correction and retraction: Magister's (and thus my own) estimate of Scola's catechesis was faulty. His mention of Kerouac was brief and pointed: he drew a fruitful contrast between the self-indulgent sentimentalism of the vagabond and the purposeful discipline of the pilgrim. An Italian version is available on-line here. As a film version of Kerouac's On the Road is in the making, Scola's remarks were more timely than I'd imagined as well. Scola is a weighty presence and a good citizen, and I'm happy to have been off-target here.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($65,724 to go):
$150,000.00 $84,276.12
44% 56%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Art and theology, beauty and truth, work together in the New Evangelization 5 hours ago
Anatomy of Conversion 6 hours ago
Anatomy of Conversion 10 hours ago
It is a failure of mercy to deny sin November 20
Yesterday's news, tomorrow November 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days