Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Catholic Tastes

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Catholic Tastes

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OD'd on confessions

In recent years, Joseph Parisi, the editor of Poetry magazine, has seen a great increase in submissions of confessional-style poetry. And to tell the truth, he has just about had it.

"I really don't want to hear about your hateful mother or dreadful father or Sister Mary Applamarian who beat you up in school," Parisi says. "I know now how Catholic priests must feel after being in the confessional. How tedious it must be to hear the same tired sins week after week.... It's like a sitcom except, of course, it isn't nearly as funny, but totally predictable.... Sometimes I want to say to them, `Oh, for God's sake, why don't you go out and take a walk?'" (Chicago Tribune, Nov. 25, 1997)

Don't worry, be happy

Much of the current New Age spirituality fad can be traced to a popular formula for "liberal spiritual bubbles" that was invented in the mid-1970s, reports Newsweek (Oct. 20, 1997). The magazine quotes author George W. S. Trow: "People had for ... years brooked no authority whatsoever on any subject, and [Werner] Erhard [founder of est seminars] realized that the time had come to insert within the realm of total permission ... some little bit of discipline. …

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