Blog | What Is Catholic Fiction?
There is no Catholic way to construct a plot, build suspense, or turn a phrase. There is—though some critics might balk at this assertion—no subject matter that a Catholic writer should flee from or shun. But Catholic authors are united in this: we are commanded to love our characters in the way that God loves us, knowing their faults and blessings and hidden talents. Our task is to boldly explore... Read More →
What is Catholic fiction? What makes a story a Catholic story, instead of just good writing with a moral theme? In many ways, particularly Catholic writing is good writing—that is, good writing and Catholic writing are not mutually exclusive. They are not two different animals. In some ways, then, a good Catholic story is a good story—period. Catholic fiction has a Catholic perspective. It doesn’t merely contain the trappings of Catholicism—that is,... Read More →
Once, during the crack cocaine epidemic the ‘80s, I came back to Stanford from the war-zone neighborhood across the freeway. At the English department, another grad student was explaining why moral bleakness was the ideal in literature; the crudeness of graffiti tags made them high art; and the hero for our times was the one wh0 understood the fraud at the heart of our culture: “You want to know what ... Read More →