Catholic Culture Dedication
Catholic Culture Dedication

Anthony Esolen on Destroying Imagination

By Dr. Jeff Mirus ( bio - articles - email ) | Jan 07, 2011 | In Reviews

You'll find my review of Anthony Esolen's new book, Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child, here: Our Lost World: Anthony Esolen on Killing the Imagination.

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Aug. 09, 2017 1:47 PM ET USA

    If one is courageous, that when they see an opportunity to "stand with a particular priest or bishop" on Facebook, they should speak up.

  • Posted by: grateful1 - Aug. 09, 2017 12:14 PM ET USA

    Terrific idea. One way to start is to email or write a letter to priests who have discussed (or even touched on) countercultural topics in their homilies. Thank them. Encourage them. Send them a link to this website (and this column in particular). Let them know we're out there, praying for them and eager to support them however and whenever we can. In other words, begin where you are and with what you yourself can do.

  • Posted by: dom6938 - Aug. 09, 2017 11:08 AM ET USA

    KofC Councils already are supposed to be supporting their pastors. However, what that looks like in practice varies from parish to parish based on a variety of factors. Our priests do need our prayers and visible, vocal support at all times.

  • Posted by: FredC - Aug. 09, 2017 10:01 AM ET USA

    Likewise, laymen who are particularly zealous in upholding the principles of Catholic faith and morals in the public sector often find themselves in uncomfortable situations and need the support of the bishops and priests -- support that is too frequently lacking.

  • Posted by: RoseMore - Aug. 09, 2017 9:05 AM ET USA

    I am a very old woman. Over my years the church has mentioned the need for the laity to see themselves as an important part of the church. God has so arranged it now, that we laity are critical to its mission. The time has come for us to shine.

  • Posted by: JimKcda - Aug. 08, 2017 10:43 PM ET USA

    When I join the K of C in the late '50's, this was a major emphasis. To protect the Eucharist and our priests! The KC's today should recruit the young, trained military vets into a "Protection Squad." Those of us who are older vets are dying off. If not the KC's, a new militant group should step into this void; e.g., TFP. Either way, our Church buildings, tabernacles, priests and Bishops need, or will soon need, physical protection against personal physical attacks. Onward Christian soldiers!

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Aug. 08, 2017 10:27 PM ET USA

    First, such an organization would probably be attacked by the Pope and his henchman, as recently seen. Secondly, would such an organization publicly condemn priests and bishops who promote teachings counter to the word of God and the perennial teachings of the Church?

  • Posted by: semcsem - Aug. 08, 2017 10:03 PM ET USA

    Completely agree that this kind of organization and solidarity is needed. My great hope iand prayer s that our priests and bishops see the great need they have for such an organization, and are open to such partnership on both the spiritual and temporal planes.

  • Posted by: KC627 - Aug. 08, 2017 4:12 PM ET USA

    Your vision is not foolish Dr. Mirus. I believe our clergy will need this visible support at a more than local level. I, my family and friends would be part of and support such an organization.

  • Posted by: feedback - Aug. 08, 2017 2:17 AM ET USA

    Brilliant idea and very much needed proposal! A visible support for faithful priests and Bishops from this kind of lay Catholic organization could be very effective since the clericalist "bowdlerizers" are mostly interested in not rocking the boat. Canon 212, ยง3 of the Code of Canon Law supports this type of initiative.