The Academics, the Artist, and the Architect: Retrieving the Tradition in Nineteenth-Century Catholicism
In the early 1800s, amid the still smoldering, revolutionary ash, the Catholic Church in Europe rose like a phoenix remarkably revived despite the immense challenges that continued to confront her. Catholic academics, artists, and architects among both the clergy and the laity engaged in a massive project geared toward resurrecting the Catholic ethos in theology, philosophy, literature, art, and architecture—an ethos that revolution, war, and antithetical philosophical currents had greatly enfeebled. To that end, a broadly defined Catholic intelligentsia retrieved the Church's tradition in order to lay a sure foundation on which to rebuild. Theologians delved deeply into Scripture and the Church Fathers. By century's end, they also turned to Thomas Aquinas who, in having masterfully synthesized the Church's patristic heritage, offered a thoroughly Catholic and solidly intellectual response to the culture wars then raging.
Carola, Joseph A. SJ
"The Academics, the Artist, and the Architect: Retrieving the Tradition in Nineteenth-Century Catholicism,"
LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture: Vol. 23:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://ir.stthomas.edu/logos/vol23/iss1/5