Magazine December 18, 2017, Issue

Hints of Transcendence

Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird (A24)

American Catholic culture after Vatican II, the culture that prevails in suburban parishes and big Catholic high schools and everywhere that the old ethnic Catholic groups live their mostly assimilated lives, has not received nearly so much artistic attention as the culture that preceded it.

There is a lively debate about whether the Catholic artist as a species has declined since its mid-20th-century prominence or whether the secular culture simply pays Catholic artists less attention. But either way it seems indisputable that everyday Catholic life itself is a less popular subject than in the days of Going My Way and J.

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