Recovering the Catholic
The Catholic analogical imagination is … fragile—it could be lost if it is not cultivated in successor generations.
In the remaining chapters of this essay, I turn away from analysis to discuss the implications for the Church of that analysis. 1 I stand by the integrity of my data and the soundness of my analysis. My policy reflections go beyond my analysis but seem to me to flow from it.
John Shea has written somewhere that it is the Catholic genius to search in the trash cans and the junkyards of history for forgotten symbols that might still have value. Thus if one tries to recover some of the potentially useful and valuable symbols of the heritage, one must explore the images and stories and metaphors, the art and beauty of the Catholic past. 2
Catholics are different, not completely different, but still