Catholic Intellectuals in the 1960's

Many thanks to Paul Lauritzen for his fascinating profile of Dan Callahan. Equally deserving of a profile is his wife Sidney, a longtime Commonweal columnist whose work at the border of psychology and ethics is extremely helpful.

The article got me thinking about Catholic intellectuals in the 1960's and early 1970's--it must have been a fascinating time, especially in the Northeast corridor. All of the people who are now household names in the Catholic world knew each other--the Steinfels, the Callahans, Michael Novak, John Noonan. The Church and the world were changing all around them, and they were intellectual agents of change themselves. What must it have been like?

Wouldn't it be great if some distinguished Catholic historian (hint, hint, John McGreevy!) could pull together a conference and a book asking all of these people to share some stories and reflect back upon those times, and what was going through people's minds, for those of us with 7:00 p.m. beditmes at the time, or who weren't even born yet?

Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor in the Theology Department and Law School at Boston College.

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