Catholic Lit Series 2008- Wit's Way to Wisdom

The 2008 series focused on four Catholic satirists: Oscar Wilde, Evelyn Waugh, Hillarie Belloc, and Baron Corvo.  Since classical times, satire has been a keen weapon of criticism used by rhetoricians in western civilization. Some of the greatest satirists of modern times have been Catholics, yet from the Catholic perspective there are also reservations about whether satire is truly a meaningful instrument in a dialogue of evangelization, since satire is often entirely negative, failing to offer a positive alternative worldview, and since its tone can be very uncharitable. The Catholic Culture Series sought to contribute to this debate by examining the prophetic critique of modern society that these four men offered through their satire.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Evelyn Waugh
by Rev. Paul Mankowski, SJ, Pontifical Biblical Institute of Rome
 Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Baron Corvo
by Prof. Ralph McInerny, University of Notre Dame      
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Hilaire Belloc
by Rev. Marvin O’Connell, University of Notre Dame
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Oscar Wilde
by Prof. Joseph Pearce, Ave Maria University
     Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Waugh Revisited
by Rev. Charles Gordon, CSC, University of Portland