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How does the Church evangelize men and women of the West, who don’t even recognize basic reality?

By Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine, April 18, 2023

Dr. Anthony Esolen is the author of 28 books on literature, culture, and the Christian life, whose most recent work is In the Beginning Was the Word: An Annotated Reading of the Prologue of John. He and his wife Debra also produce a new web magazine, Word and Song, devoted to reintroducing people to the good, the true, and the beautiful.


Anthony Esolen

As our readers no doubt are aware, Cardinal Cupich has restricted Eucharistic adoration in the archdiocese of Chicago. It is rather like making sure that a weak and spindly child will spend as little time as possible outdoors exercising the muscles that he hardly has so that they might grow strong.

In this regard, the cardinal is conforming the Church to the pattern of the world about him, a non-pattern, actually, without meaning, without cultural memory and devotion, and without hope. As Talleyrand quipped, when Napoleon had the Duke of Enghien murdered: “It is worse than a crime. It is a blunder.” …

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