"Claudel, Maritain, Bernanos, and Mauriac did not regard themselves as Catholics writing only for a Catholic public. They felt that their mission was worldwide, and that their orientation was universal. Indeed, they believed that only Catholic writers, in portraying 'souls' instead of 'characters,' could either fully understand the ills of the times or completely fulfill the possibilities of the novel. Maritain drew his distinction between the 'individual,' who is a citizen and member of society, and the 'person,' who is rooted in eternity. In his view, 'individuals' who forget or do not know that they are 'persons' corrupt the world in which they live."
~~ Gene Kellogg, The Vital Tradition: The Catholic Novel in a Period of Convergence. (Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1970)
Saturday, March 31, 2007
The latest offering from Debra Murphy, who maintains the Yahoo group, Quotes for Catholic Writers: