Get With It, My Fellow Catholics, by Anthony Esolen

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*Image: The Expulsion of the Money-changers from the Temple by Giandomenico Tiepolo, c.1760 [Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, Madrid]

By Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing, Feb. 14, 2021

Anthony Esolen is a lecturer, translator, and writer. Among his books are Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, and Nostalgia: Going Home in a Homeless World, and most recently The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord. …


Anthony EsolenIn my previous column for The Catholic Thing, I took to task the editors of our hymnals for permitting the sloppy and the stupid to build for themselves a permanent liturgical establishment. In that article I glanced at the young lady who embarrassed herself – for anyone with ears to hear, who knows anything about political thought and English literature – when she recited a dreadful bit of sloganeering doggerel at the inauguration of Mr. Biden.

I received many a good slap on the back for the article, but also some criticism, which took three forms:

– I  was called a racist, though I had not referred to the race of the poet, nor did it have the slightest thing to do with what I said. …