Smile When You Say 'Starbucks'

Responses to Eugene McCarraher


We confess: The editors had a stiff argument about publishing Eugene McCarraher’s polemic on Starbucks Catholicism (“Smile When You Say ‘Laity’: The Hidden Triumph of the Consumer Ethos,” September 12, 1997). No pushing or shoving—of course! Some real incomprehension, some genuine disbelief, some utter perplexity, and, naturally, some genuine disagreement along...

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About the Author

Walter J. Ong, SJ, is university professor emeritus of humanities at Saint Louis University.