A Contemporary Coliseum

I came across a fascinating article in Zenit written by Elizabeth Lev. Ms. Lev writes about her experience while visiting New York City.  I thought you might be interested in reading it. Here’s an excerpt:

On a recent trip to New York City, I was struck once again by the intense and dramatic contrasts that live side by side in this cosmopolitan mecca. The juxtaposition of the sacred and the profane that one witnesses there brings to mind some of the most dramatic moments in history.

Sometimes I can glimpse what it must have been like to be in Rome during the first years of legalized Christianity, when the pagans were desperately fighting the oncoming tide of conversion (a win for the Christians,) or in Paris during the Enlightenment when the secularists were mounting the offense against an established Church (things went badly for the Church on that one). Today it feels like another epic battle is raging over the soul of yet another city, and, as in the case of Paris and Rome, the result will have implications for the world.

The New York skirmishes and victories range from the sublime to the ridiculous. And while the political arena may seem to be the best place to watch the battle for America’s soul, I was actually more struck by stories from the contemporary Colosseum: the entertainment world. Amid the theaters and sound stages of New York, I saw innocents thrown to the lions of dance and music, the emergence of a new Ben Hur, and a quiet witness that has prayerfully watched the comings and goings for decades.

You can read the whole story here.

One Response to “A Contemporary Coliseum”

  1. AndyP/Doria2 says:

    Why wasn’t this most pertinent part of the story highlighted –

    ” . . . pop singer Lady Gaga, baptized Stephanie Germanotta, was offering thanks to herself for the gift of herself at her former high school, the Sacred Heart Catholic School in Manhattan.”

    This is the type of thing I have been screaming about all along. Why we have been losing young Catholics in droves.

    Our educational establishment has been corrupted. “Professional catholics” reign supreme.

    A complete overhaul of Catholic education must begin in America and especially in this Catechetical wasteland we call The Archdiocese of NY.

    Archbishop Chaput knows full well what I mean. I have written to him time and again and unlike any prelate in NY, His Excellency ACtually answers letters.

    He totally revamped the heterodox Denver educational system before moving on the Philadelphia where I AM sure he will do the same.

    Don’t take my word for it Your Eminence – ask him.