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Will Catholic subculture become Catholic ghetto?

January 31, 2012

In a Catholic World Report op-ed piece, Russell Shaw wonders whether the growing orthodox Catholic subculture--components of which he identifies as homeschooling, EWTN, and faithful Catholic colleges--risks becoming a Catholic ghetto without a commitment to the New Evangelization.

“When I speak of the desirability of a new Catholic subculture, I do not mean a self-regarding, inward-looking ghetto,” he writes. “Unfortunately, signs of such a thing already can be glimpsed here and there.”

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  • Posted by: New Sister - Jan. 31, 2012 10:49 PM ET USA

    Mr. Shaw, as a sister in Christ, I rebuke you. What a horrid, unjust term to apply to faithful, Catholic families, who HAVE been pushed underground by the dissenting so-called "progressive" so-called "Catholics" who have largely managed to hijack diocesan staffs, schools, and committees.

  • Posted by: islandpastries1867 - Jan. 31, 2012 7:32 PM ET USA

    Mr. Russell's CV tells the tale. The dominant subculture of the last 40-50 years is giving way to the New Evangelization. The last few decades were the "ghetto." His piece reads like so much of what his generation writes. Yawn. Make way for the Church, dude. It does not belong to an agenda.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Jan. 31, 2012 3:16 PM ET USA

    Gosh! Weren't "Small Faith Communities" all the rage ten or twenty years ago? Now that orthodox Catholics are forming them, suddenly they're symptoms of ghettoization. I suggest that Mr. Shaw look to the life of that great ghettoizer, St. Benedict of Nursia, and his effect on the broad culture of Europe.

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Jan. 31, 2012 9:19 AM ET USA

    The "ghetto" mentality is bad if it becomes permanant but most of us orthodox Catholics should bolster our own faith and take care of our own families before setting out to evangelize the culture. Face it the culture at large is hostile to the Faith and if we can't band together amongst ourselves for support then we will be lost. We need small traditional Catholic communities where we can live and practice our faith without interference.