Post by assisi on Mar 27, 2019 10:01:40 GMT
I honestly think that for a generation of people who were born, say before the 1980s, the idea of Irish Catholic anti-intellectualism was tied in with the much publicised disapproval of the Irish Catholic Church to certain literary works such as some of McGaherns' works and Edna O'Brien, all in the midst of the post 60s 'anything goes' era.
Rather than the Church being, 'per se' intellectual, I would say that it is much more healthy when it is each member of the Church who chooses to use their gifts appropriately within the orthodoxy of the Church. Some Catholics will be drawn mostly to prayer, other's apologetics, others in literary, philosophic and artistic pursuits, others in charity and so on. It is when faith becomes secondary to the art form, for example, that the problems begin and you end up cherry picking your beliefs and performing to man rather than God. Then you end up like Bono or Hosier.