- Jul 9, 2020
Father Paulinus Odozor is Associate Professor of Africana Studies and Theology at the University of Notre Dame.
As COVID-19 forced churches across the world to suspend public worship, Catholic parishes faced a sort of identity crisis. Separated from the Eucharist, their place of gathering, and each other, many wondered how to sustain a community when even the act of leaving one’s home posed danger.
Ending the widespread stay-at-home orders under the coronavirus pandemic would align with Catholic social teaching and respond to the needs of vulnerable people, including the young and the poor, two Catholic economists said.
Perhaps thinking in part of Thoreau, the late Cardinal Francis George of Chicago once memorably asserted that American Catholics may be denominationally Catholic but they’re culturally Protestant, because Catholicism’s communitarian and hierarchical nature doesn’t sit well with the country’s anti-institutional, libertarian spirit, famously expressed by the American transcendentalist in his musings on Walden Pond.
“Catch the Spirit” is the title of the University of Notre Dame’s Folk Choir’s new album, which premiered virtually on May 1 and is now available for download.