Saturday, June 7, 2008
We Need Each Other... A Quote to Ponder This Lord's Day
W.H. Auden (an Anglican) said that "Protestantism is correct in affirming that the we are of society" is false unless each individual "can say I am." At the same time, what he called Catholicism is also correct that anyone who cannot "join with others in saying we does not know the meaning of I." "In conjugating the present tense of the verb to be," he said, "Catholicism concentrates on the plural, Protestantism on the singular."
Here, as in so many other ways, we need a protestant catholicism, a catholic protestantism.
-- Quoted by and commented upon by Peter J. Leithart in the September 2007 issue of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, page 5.
So do you think Auden, an Anglican, and Leithart, a Catholic, are correct? What are your thoughts on this quote and Leithart's response?